Spectacled Owl: The scariest stare on earth?

Spectacled Owl: The scariest stare on earth?

Bill Naylor introduces the spectacled owl, a beautiful if ferocious predator from the tropical regions of the New World...

This week's issue

This week's issue

Cage & Aviary Birds January 17 includes a feature on a pair of spectacles: fest your eyes on these beauties, 2017: a dazzling year in softbill highlights and bird shows: it's high time to bring in some fresh ideas.

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  • Rethinking our bird shows

    Rethinking our bird shows

    16th January 2018

    Above: At bird shows, colourful species such as finches, waxbills, rosellas and colour budgerigars seem to interest hobbyists and non-birdkeepers more so than exhibition budgies or canaries. Does the established format of the bird exhibition need a bit of a redesign?…

  • Spectacled Owl: The scariest stare on earth?

    Spectacled Owl: The scariest stare on earth?

    16th January 2018

    Photo: © Shutterstock.com/Through Christy’s Lens. Spectacled owl: the strong white ‘eyebrows’ emphasise the luminous yellow irises to produce an exaggeratedly penetrating stare. Bill Naylor introduces the spectacled owl, a beautiful if ferocious predator from the tropical regions of the New World. OUT of…

  • Harris hawks: A change of heart

    Harris hawks: A change of heart

    16th January 2018

    Photo: Laura Keens. Graham with a Harris hawk near the Cage & Aviary Birds offices. After a total lack of interest at first, he now calls it ‘both the best and worst thing that has happened to English falconry’. Following on…

  • Editor’s letter January 17

    Editor’s letter January 17

    16th January 2018

    MY BROTHER IS a resolute follower of local-league football, of which there is an inexhaustible diversity across the Midlands where he lives. On one occasion he attended a particular club’s home fixture for the first time. In the stands (or stand),…

  • Latest issue: January 17

    16th January 2018

    In the January 17 2018, issue of Cage & Aviary Birds, Graham Wellstead explains why an unfortunate series of events led him fly a Harris hawk – and how it turned everything he’d previously thought about the species on its head.   In…