Features

  • Breeding the butterfly bird

    Breeding the butterfly bird

    28th November 2017

    Photo: © Shutterstock.com/Kasikun_Kamol. Nothing like it: two hoopoes show off their unique plumage pattern  Perhaps the ultimate in crested birds, the exotic hoopoe is perfectly possible to breed in straightforward aviary conditions, reports German softbill expert THOMAS WENDT. UNTIL about 15 years ago,…

  • 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…

  • Comment: First impressions

    Comment: First impressions

    27th November 2017

    Above: Still picking up the rosettes: all-round canary breeder Paddy Dunne won best new colour canary at Guildford & District CBS open show last year How do you know if you can trust a newcomer? DAVE BROWN considers this and other…

  • Canaries: time for a new mix

    Canaries: time for a new mix

    27th November 2017

    Above: One kind of pleasure: Colin is the first to salute the fulfilling nature of show success Over the years, COLIN MOORE has exhibited his birds, specialised in a particular breed and bred many different varieties. Now, after reflection, he has…

  • Comment: In the shop window

    Comment: In the shop window

    27th November 2017

    Photo: Larry Mann. Speak to a breeder before you buy, advises Larry, as they can advise what set-up is suitable for your choice How many marks out of 10 should go to the new generation of bird sales events? The answer…

  • Canaries: Preparing for a dramatic debut

    Canaries: Preparing for a dramatic debut

    27th November 2017

    Photo: Donald Skinner-Reid. Donald’s 2017-bred clear yellow Scots. DONALD SKINNER-REID looks ahead to an exciting season which will see him make his bow in the champion classes. 2017 is my sixth breeding season and it is the one that has…

  • Scots fancy canaries: A global variety

    Scots fancy canaries: A global variety

    27th November 2017

    Photo: Tullio de Biase. The bird is an outstanding example of the beautiful half-moon posture and a much-admired specimen   In NORMAN WALLACE’s third article about the Scots fancy canary, he assesses the breed’s status in the UK and Europe. THE Scots fancy…

  • Roller canaries: A long-forgotten lunacy

    Roller canaries: A long-forgotten lunacy

    27th November 2017

    Above: Despite centuries of domestication and intensive breeding in distinct varieties, the canary was regarded as ‘all one’ by the authorities in the 1990s, who mooted the introduction of a licence for every pet and exhibition canary in the land Nearly…

  • Canaries: Meet the yellows

    Canaries: Meet the yellows

    27th November 2017

    Photo: Donald Skinner-Reid. 2017 yellow feathered piebald, a great grandson of a little yellow hen DONALD SKINNER-REID introduces his yellow family of Scots fancies, clarifies the difference between yellow and buff, and describes the yellow’s welcome renaissance in that breed.…