Types of aviculture
There are various reasons that people get involved in aviculture. Some people breed birds to preserve a species, some breed parrots as companion birds, and some breed birds to make a profit.
The truest meaning of aviculture is that described by Dr. Jean Delacour, the most influential individual aviculture has ever seen-
"Aviculture- The worldwide hobby of keeping and breeding numerous species of wild birds in captivity to maintain their numerical status in nature with a view of forestalling their extinction by supplying aviary raised stock"
There are avicultural societies throughout the world, but generally in Europe and the United States, where people tend to be more prosperous and have more leisure time to invest in such an expensive and time-consuming hobby.
Like many hobbies, there are many publications catering to aviculture, books on species as pets, books on breeding, and introductory books for parrots and softbills. There are also numerous periodicals, both generalized and specific to types of birds, although they are rarely more specific than "parrot." These periodicals contain articles on breeding, care, companionship, choosing a bird, health effects, and usually several on an individual species or genus.