• 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…

  • Order, order! Classification of birds

    Order, order! Classification of birds

    19th March 2018

    Photo: Paul Donovan. Who’s who(poe)? Upupa (the hoopoes) is a well-defined genus since nothing else looks like a hoopoe! Moving on from where our birds’ Latin names first evolved, PAUL DONOVAN next discusses the basics of classification with a guide to…

  • On the grandest stage of all

    On the grandest stage of all

    12th March 2018

    Photo: Ernesto Gracia. All-wire show cages stretch into the middle distance! This year, a piece of exhibition history was made at the World Show in Cesena, Italy, which posted a serious claim to be the greatest bird show of all time.…

  • Treasure those treasurers!

    Treasure those treasurers!

    5th March 2018

    Photo: © Williams RUS. You don’t need to be a city slicker to handle club cash, but you do need to be 100 per cent honest when dealing with the club finances  A good club treasurer is most certainly an officer…

  • Birds: Why all this Latin?

    Birds: Why all this Latin?

    26th February 2018

    Above: Strix nebulosa, the magnificent great grey owl: other owls in the genus Strix share obvious resemblances. Isn’t a bird a bird without giving it a foreign-sounding scientific name? Paul Donovan explains why those awkward Latin tags help us to think…

  • South African connections

    South African connections

    22nd January 2018

    Photo: © Smith. Cape sugarbird: a cock bird typically perching on a flowerhead  How do you cope when you’re confronted with a whole new world of birds? Rob Innes ponders the question after a debut visit to South Africa. NOVEMBER 2017: my…

  • 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?…

  • 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…

  • 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…