A taste for silverbills

A taste for silverbills

When Lee Clarke decided to come back to birdkeeping after a break of nearly 20 years, he picked up straight where he left off thanks to his uncle Ron Jackson and the duo were soon producing world-class silverbills alongside other foreign species.

This week's issue

This week's issue

Cage & Aviary Birds February 14 includes features on silverbills: cage-breeding with world-class results, zosterops and more: a softbill bonanza and the red-backed shrike: a cool killer of a songbird that's in need of help.

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  • A masked killer that needs our help

    A masked killer that needs our help

    16th February 2018

    Photo: Tony Tilford. A male red-backed shrike. Note the cock bird’s grey head, pink chest and black highwayman’s mask Well-known for its seemingly brutal predatory and feeding habits, the red-backed shrike has become virtually extinct in the UK as a breeding…

  • Softbills: Roller karaoke

    Softbills: Roller karaoke

    12th February 2018

    Photo: Gary Bralsford. Gary’s montane and African yellow white-eyes in their winter quarters This month, GARY BRALSFORD hits the ground running as he prepares his birds for the breeding season by employing an interesting tactic that involves playing wild bird calls……

  • A taste for silverbills

    A taste for silverbills

    12th February 2018

    Above: Lee Clarke with the partnership’s winning zebra finches at the Australian Finch Society’s members’ show in 2016 When LEE CLARKE decided to come back to birdkeeping after a break of nearly 20 years, he picked up straight where he left…

  • Editor’s letter February 14

    Editor’s letter February 14

    12th February 2018

    THE BUTCHER BIRD, or red-backed shrike/Should not be trusted with your bike/The pump and lights he whips away/And takes the spokes to spike his prey.” Relax, it’s not true! Still, the comic fragment by poet James Fenton does capture something…