• Feather by Feather

    Feather by Feather

    25th May 2018

    Photo: © Shutterstock.com/Piotr Krzeslak   Jarrod Cotter turns his attention to the cuckoo, whose characteristic call that once announced the arrival of spring is now rarely heard in the British countryside   THE cuckoo is a dove-sized bird with ash-grey upperparts,…

  • Europe’s migratory marvel

    Europe’s migratory marvel

    23rd May 2018

    Photo: © Shutterstock.com/iliuta goean. Northern or common wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe) pair: note the female’s light brown plumage (left) in comparison to the male’s black mask and wings   Often travelling thousands of miles from its winter home to summer breeding…

  • ‘Variety is the  spice of life’

    ‘Variety is the spice of life’

    18th May 2018

    Photo: Dot Schwarz. Pellets, seeds, fruits, vegetables… the possibilities of what we can offer our parrots are extensive! Just ensure they have a good balance of all four to keep in top condition, advises Dot.   DOT SCHWARZ concludes her…

  • 1969: a year of challenge

    1969: a year of challenge

    17th May 2018

    Photo: © Shutterstock.com/Paul Wittet. Geoff took home the prestigious award of best foreign bird at the 1970 Scottish National with a black-throated mango (pictured) and the same special a year later with another hummer, the green-fronted lancebill   Geoff Gradwell’s exotic…

  • Twitching and beyond

    Twitching and beyond

    11th May 2018

    Photo: Sander van Duuren. Andean cock-of-the-rock (Rupicola peruvianus): ‘One of my favourite species, photographed at Weltvogelpark Walsrode,’ Sander says   Dutch bird man Sander van Duuren explains how a delight in seeing ‘new’ species in aviculture has led him to a…

  • Born in the USA

    Born in the USA

    9th May 2018

    Photo: © Shutterstock.com/Paul Reeves Photography. The longevity record for wild Baltimore orioles is 11 years, in captivity they have been kept for more than 14 years   Bright, tuneful and with an elegant mating display, the Baltimore oriole has lots going for…

  • Bee-eaters: housing and breeding

    Bee-eaters: housing and breeding

    4th May 2018

    Photo: Getty Images/edoardogobattoni.net. Not only bees: virtually all flying invertebrates are targeted by bee-eaters as prey. Here, a bee-eater at an Italian colony has caught a moth   In the March 28 issue, German softbill breeder Thomas Wendt introduced the European…

  • My rosy outlook

    My rosy outlook

    3rd May 2018

    Photo: Les Rance. Australian king parrots in Les’s outdoor aviary. This year, Les has paired two hens, which are both two years old, with adult cocks, so is hopeful for good results   Les Rance concludes his three-part series on his…

  • Kicking off my birdkeeping adventure

    Kicking off my birdkeeping adventure

    27th April 2018

    Photo: Geoff Gradwell. Priceless memories: Geoff aged 11 with awards he had won as a junior. This was about the time that he joined the Foreign Bird League (FBL)   After more than half a century of keeping, breeding and…

  • A pocketful of sunshine

    A pocketful of sunshine

    25th April 2018

    Photo: During the breeding season, male yellowhammers have vibrant plumage; bright yellow on the head and belly, as well as red-brown feathers streaked with black   Few native birds are as cheering to the eye or the ear as the…