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  • 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: © Shutterstock.com/Marion 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…

  • Two assessments of the Budgerigar Society Club Show

    Two assessments of the Budgerigar Society Club Show

    29th November 2017

    Above: Could the Club Show be moved so that the show hall and hotel are under one roof, asks Brian Reese?  The Budgerigar Society’s Club Show always generates discussion, and this year’s was no different. BRIAN REESE and ALAN PEARSON give…

  • Let’s bring back the pets

    Let’s bring back the pets

    28th November 2017

    Photo: Dave Brown. Cleverest bird competitions could draw in a big audience as parrots and mynas offer up their party pieces  Pet classes are a great way to increase our appeal and provide lots of fun, says DAVE BROWN. So what…

  • Comment: Keep juniors out of the firing line

    Comment: Keep juniors out of the firing line

    27th November 2017

    Photo: Dave Brown. Bowing out at the top: now retired from bantam showing, Poppy Brown has moved on to zebra finches  If other fanciers’ children show an interest in birdkeeping, we should do all we can to encourage them, not accuse…

  • Comment: Stars behind the scenes

    Comment: Stars behind the scenes

    27th November 2017

    Photo: Dave Brown. Alfy Calford (right) ensured the Welsh ZFC paperwork was tip top Last year, this year, it’s always the same: we have a great time at show after show, yet none of it would happen without the dedication of the…