Australian Softbill Online Database

The Australian Softbill Online Database is an ongoing project to bring together as much available information as possible on the captive husbandry of Australian softbill species and foreign softbills kept in Australia. It will comprise original articles, archived scanned articles from magazines and husbandry manuals. Whilst I will endeavour to include as many Australian articles as possible, often useful information can be obtained from international articles or articles on similar exotic species.

I would like to thank those aviculturists that have assisted with information and articles, particularly Paul Dick (Just Finches and Softbills Magazine) , Bradley Holland (Native Pigeons and Softbill Club) and Graeme Phipps (Richmond TAFE Animal Husbandry).

A wide range of  avicultural and bird rehabilitation equipment as described in the articles can be purchased at The AVI-SHOP



To read an article, click on the VIEW DOCUMENT button. Depending on how your computer is set up this will either open the article in a new page OR may send the article to downloads where you can open and read it.

Softbill Diets – Pros and Cons of Mealworms

Softbill Diets – Breeding the Bushfly

Softbill Diets - Feeding Native Frugivores

Softbill Diets – Alternate Livefoods

Softbill Diets – Setting up an Insect Room

Introduction to Softbills

Softbill Diets – Breeding Crickets

Softbill Diets – Breeding maggots

Softbill Diets – Live Foods

Planted Aviaries

Mixed Collections

Fairy Wrens (Malurus spp.)

Moth Traps

Fairy Wrens

Splendid Wrens

Crimson Chats

Blue Winged Kookaburra

Rainbow Bee-Eater

Aviary Design

White Breasted Woodswallow

Regent Bowerbird

Red Capped Robin

Red Capped Robin

New Holland Honeyeater

Fairy Wrens

Small Aussie Softbills

Colour Feeding Softbills

Breeding Season Preparation

Splendid Fairywren

Golden Whistler

Softfoods part 1

Softfoods part 2

Red Capped Robin

Orange Chat

Metallic Starling

Eastern Grass Owl

Eastern Yellow Robin

Splendid Wren

Red Backed Wren

White winged Wren


White Fronted Chat

Red Whiskered Bulbul

Yellow Throated Scrub Wren

Eastern Yellow Robin

Green Catbird

Hooded Plover

White Browed Woodswallow

White Browed Scrub Wren

White Browed Woodswallow

Splendid Wren

White Browed Woodswallow

Eastern Yellow Robin

Dusky Woodswallow

Scarlet Honeyeater

Australian Honeyeaters

Scarlet Honeyeater

Helmeted Honeyeaters

Eastern Spinebill

Regent Honeyeaters

Noisy Pitta

Bush Stone Curlew

Rainbow Bee Eater

Red Capped Robins

Oriental Magpie Robin

Silver Eared Mesia

Red Crested Finch

Pekin Robin/Silver Eared Mesia

Pekin Robin/Silver Eared Mesia


White Eyes

Australian Kingfishers

Tawny Frog Mouth

Tawny Frog Mouth Handrearing

Laughing Kookaburra Handrearing

Blue Wing Kookaburra Handrearing


Shorebird Handrearing

Plovers and Lapwings

Sacred Kingfisher

European Starling

Sacred Kingfisher

Orange Chat

Blue Faced Honeyeater

Red Wattlebird

Grey Crowned Babbler

Straw Necked Ibis

Masked Owl

Square Tailed Kite

Tawny Frogmouth


Blue Faced Honeyeater


Cattle Egret

Blue Bellied Roller

White Rumped Shama

White Breasted Woodswallow

Superb Bird of Paradise

Making Resin Eggs

Masked Lapwing

Laughing Kookaburra

Black Winged Stilt

Hooded Pitta

Tawny Frogmouth

Ant Free Feeder

Morphometrics and plumage - ageing and sexing of selected softbills

Flight Control

Egg Transport

Green Catbird

Pheasant Coucal

Blue Faced Honeyeater

Cloacal Sexing of Passerines

Rose crowned Fruit Dove

Spiny Cheeked Honeyeater

Blue Faced Honeyeater