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I have been astonished by aviculture since I was a little boy. My avicultural career started in 1978 at the age of 13 years. Zebra Finch (Taeniopygia guttata) was the first species. I remember that my parents had been always very supportive of my hobby and therefore my collection started growing fast. At the beginning, I bought Java Sparrows (Lonchura oryzivora), Society Finches (Lonchura domestica) and Diamond Firetail Finches (Stagonopleura guttata). Shortly after, I developed interest in parrots. Budgies (Melopsittacus undulatus) was my first species just like in case of other breeders. Then Red-rumped Parrots (Psephotus haematonotus), Eastern Rosellas (Platycercus eximius), Cockatiels (Nymphicus hollandicus) and many more were added to the collection. My father helped me to build outside aviaries at that time and therefore I could expand my hobby and acquire new species like Western Rosellas (Platycercus icterotis), Superb Parrots (Polytelis swainsonii), Princess Parrots (Polytelis alexandrae), Red-masked Conures (Psittacara erythrogenys), kakarikis (Cyanoramphus novaezelandiae), Scarlet-chested Parrots (Neophema splendida) and Turquoise Parrots (Neophema pulchella). At the beginning, experienced aviculturists like František Rohn or Josef Halamíček supported me a lot.

Unfortunately, I had to stop breeding for a while because of moving to a new place. However, it didn’t take long and I started again in 2001. Since I was a little boy, Australian parrots and the whole Australia have attracted me a lot. Therefore, I focused on breeding of this group of birds.

In 1800, captain Mathew Flinders said that Australia is bird paradise and he drawed it to map as Terra psittacorum (=country of parrots). In total, we can find 90 avian families in Australia with 1212 species. For me, most interesting order is Psittaciformes (=parrots) which counts 54 species there.

No wonder that today most of parrot species I keep come from Australia. In the past I used to have a very tough species Green Rosella (Platycercus caledonicus) which were always in good shape with perfect feathers or Red-winged Parrots (Aprosmictus erythropterus) which looked like a painting all the time. When you want to follow Australian species as a aviculturist you can‘t forget about cockatoos. Therefore Galah Cockatoos (Eolophus roseicapillus) were also part of my collection. This species always astonishes me with its playful behaviour. 


I have mentioned many Australian parrots. However, the most favourite and most important species of my collection has always been the Scarlet-chested Parrot and its mutations. You can read about them 


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