• Teflon: the dangers explained

    Teflon: the dangers explained

    13th September 2018

    Photo: Leicestershire Parrot Club. Companion birds must not be kept in the kitchen where they can be exposed to Teflon fumes, advises Lynda. Symptoms of PTFE toxicosis include wheezing and seizures   All birdkeepers should be aware of the threats…

  • Superb skulkers

    Superb skulkers

    10th September 2018

    Photo: © Shutterstock.com/sbw18. Wild hooded pittas enjoy a diet of invertebrates, their larvae and small lizards. Captive birds can be offered locusts, crickets, mealworms and waxmoths   In a beauty contest among bird families in the Old World Tropics, the…

  • First steps in training

    First steps in training

    31st August 2018

    Photo: CP Buckley. Trainer Neena MacNulty in Chicago, USA teaching her birds Otto and Emma the ‘fly to me’ move   The basics, the early stages in working with a companion parrot, are critically important. Get them right and you could…

  • Picathartes and other surprises

    Picathartes and other surprises

    28th August 2018

    Photo: © Shutterstock.com/YapAhock. Calculated risk: Geoff bought 10 unidentified juvenile flowerpeckers, two of which moulted out to be scarlet-breasted   Geoff Gradwell has been lucky to have kept some unusual and rare species during his time in aviculture. He recalls some…

  • Conservation in the Cambridge countryside

    Conservation in the Cambridge countryside

    24th August 2018

    Photo: Susie Kearley. Staff and volunteers give numerous visitor talks on owls and birds of prey throughout the day   On a bright summer’s day, Susie Kearley and her husband took a trip to Cambridgeshire’s Raptor Foundation – which alongside caring…

  • Avian inspiration

    Avian inspiration

    21st August 2018

    Photo: © Shutterstock.com/Petr Simon. Sumpremely aerodynamic: a kingfisher in flight   Dave Brown looks at how birds have impacted and shaped our world, from ancient times to the 21st century   OF COURSE, as birdkeepers and readers of this magazine, we…

  • Tropical conditions

    Tropical conditions

    18th August 2018

    Photo:© Shutterstock.com/RachelKolokoffHopper. Southern black flycatcher: a lovely glossy songbird found widely south of the Sahara   Our almost African summer must have looked familiar to many of Gary Bralsford’s hot-country species! Here he brings us up to date with his…

  • Stately star of the park

    Stately star of the park

    15th August 2018

    Photo:© Shutterstock.com/Bruce Crossey. Saddle-bill: one of Africa’s most distinctive birds   Standing out, literally, in zoos and bird parks, the wonderful saddle-billed stork would make a glorious addition to a private collection, and is not too tricky to keep, says…

  • My rarest memories

    My rarest memories

    9th August 2018

    Photo: © Shutterstock.com/Christopher Becerra. Green honeycreeper: the only member of the genus Chlorophanes. This species was a regular addition to Geoff’s collection   Geoff Gradwell has worked with some of the most beautiful species in the Neotropics during his career…

  • Spellbound by the snowy

    Spellbound by the snowy

    7th August 2018

    Photo: © Shutterstock.com/Jim Cumming. Graham was delighted to be welcomed to Canada by a wild snowy owl   When Graham Wellstead was met coming off an aeroplane in Canada by a snowy owl, it got him thinking about one of…