UV Light Influences

  • Vitamin D3 Production
  • Vision
  • Feeding
  • Behaviour
  • Breeding
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Lamp Reminder

Lamps emit ultraviolet radiation, so it is important to remember to change at the end of their recommended optimum lighting hours.

UVB requirements of an African Grey

Q. I have a hand reared African grey parrot and have just bought a bird lamp for the first time. I just wondered how many hours a day that I need to run the lamp and if I still need

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Tetrachromacy a powerful tool!

tetrachromacy for bird lighting

Many references are made towards the positive, and indeed life-giving, properties of the wavelengths of light known as UVB. We know that most living things including our own species use the power of the sun to obtain warmth and can

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The common or St Helena waxbill was once taken for granted by the fancy.


Who are you calling common? The common or St Helena Waxbill was once taken for granted by the fancy. Now, says JOHN COURTNEY-SMITH, it’s anything but common! THE St Helena or common Waxbill (Estrilda astrild) used to be one of

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Greenfoods: are they as useful as we think?


We take an independent look at some of the common greenfoods that we offer our birds and tests their reputation as ‘must-feed’ elements of diet. Most people who have kept birds at some point in their life will have heard

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Gauge that cage!

Which Bird Cage?

John Courteney-Smith assesses the wide range of cages available, and reveals some of his favorites. ONCE a year, most birdkeepers start to think about their cages. Do we need to sand down and repaint? Do we have enough cages or

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Managing exposure

Managing Exposure - Birds

Where you should place your light sources within the birdroom When it comes to birdroom lighting, it is essential that all light sources are placed above the bird. A bright light source hitting the bird side-on can cause eye irritation,

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Keep it Natural

Keeping it Natural - Birds

Natural daylight is so important for your birds’ health, condition and wellbeing. The thinking and science behind birdkeeping has changed beyond all recognition in the past few years. Many breeders are specialising with individual species rather than mixed collections and

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Suspect Lamps

Q I recently purchased a bird lamp from an online auction site, but when the lamp arrived I could see no markers mark and the only words visible are “for reptiles”. I am also concerned by some of the advice

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Singing for his supper

Singing Finch

JOHN COURTENEY-SMITH explains his passion for keeping singing finches and recalls the ups and downs of trying to obtain a true pair of these bright little birds.   FOREIGN BIRDS I’M GOING to be bold and say it straight. I

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    Small Furry Pets



    Vitamin D3 Cycle

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    One of the most impressive Toads I have ever seen. A female Tree toad sitting under an T8 D3 6% Arcadia Reptile lamp, Image taken at HabiStat HQ 2015. www.arcadiareptile.com ...

    Almost a year ago this clutch of R spectrum emerged from the substrate. A stunning hatchling that climb high into the viv canopy within moments of leaving the egg. Typically they basked for nearly an hour before going back down into the undergrowth, hidden until 'spraydown' the next day. I made lots of observations as we kept and bred this species, Maybe we will write it up one day?? www.arcadiareptile.com ...

    It may be called the cave racer, but Orthriophis taeniurus ridleyi do not spend all of their lives in caves! As such full-spectrum lighting is important for their wellbeing when coupled with plenty of shade and hiding places. You should see improved feeding responses, activity levels and colouration when you make the switch! ...