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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…

  • Birdkeeping Enemy No. 1: complacency

    Birdkeeping Enemy No. 1: complacency

    8th January 2018

    Above: A pair of orange-breasted chestnut-flanked white (CFW) zebra finches. Dave’s coveted pair also had the black-breasted mutation, an uncommon and interesting combination. Of course they had to be the ones to fall victim to rodents!  Take your eye fractionally…

  • Highlights of the 2017 Gouden Ring

    Highlights of the 2017 Gouden Ring

    8th January 2018

    Photo: Donald Skinner-Reid. Agapornis heaven: a bank of Fischer’s lovebirds on the show bench. After a surprise success in 2014, DONALD SKINNER-REID attended the Gouden Ring Show in Belgium in 2015 and hasn’t looked back. Here he shares some of the…

  • Thrushes Bulletin

    Thrushes Bulletin

    8th January 2018

    Photo: © Shutterstock.com/Thanit Weerawan. So much choice: on the internet Austin found an extraordinary array of thrushes that were available to buy, including black-breasted (Turdus dissimilis) ALL of my young song thrushes have now completed their moult (see August 16 and 30,…

  • Graham Wellstead: Welcome to my menagerie!

    Graham Wellstead: Welcome to my menagerie!

    2nd January 2018

    Above: As a young boy, Graham would collect eggs from dozens of gamebird nests at an estate near his home and put them under his collection of broody bantams, made up of partridge Wyandotte Surrey birdman GRAHAM WELLSTEAD looks back to…

  • The fieldfare: On the wings of winter

    The fieldfare: On the wings of winter

    2nd January 2018

    Photo: Tony Tilford. Winter visitors from Scandinavia, fieldfares can be found breeding in western Europe through to Russia. Outside their breeding range, they can also be seen in North Africa and Iceland  The influx of huge flocks of fieldfare from their…

  • Beautiful parrots: the moustache parakeet

    Beautiful parrots: the moustache parakeet

    2nd January 2018

    Photo: Tony Tilford. Striking: the moustache parakeet occurs in South and South-East Asia, although extensive trapping has led to a rapid decline in some of its range Distinguished by its striking markings, the moustache parakeet is sadly less than flourishing in…

  • Dutch softbill spectacular

    Dutch softbill spectacular

    18th December 2017

    Photo: Rick van Groningen. Elaborately decorated showcases and aviaries are the order of the day at the Bird Experience Oirschot in Holland  Each year, the Bird Experience Oirschot in Holland puts on an extraordinary event that showcases its members’ softbills in…