• Avian inspiration

    Avian inspiration

    21st August 2018

    Photo: © 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…

  • Alderton’s Observations [July 11]

    Alderton’s Observations [July 11]

    15th July 2018

    Photo: © Kea: notoriously inquisitive, this species suffers from being offered unsuitable food. It’s now officially Endangered   Individual bird breeders must be involved more in essential conservation projects – zoos aren’t enough, argues David   LET’S set the scene…

  • Nest evolution: from ground to cavity

    Nest evolution: from ground to cavity

    26th June 2018

    Photo: Gerhard Gellinger. Paul discusses how birds have evolved to build nests   In the first of three articles on nesting, Paul Donovan investigates how the technique of incubation has evolved   SOMETHING we take for granted in bird behaviour is…

  • 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?…