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  • Bengalese finches: The right way to branch out

    Bengalese finches: The right way to branch out

    18th December 2017

    Photo: Tony Edwards. As part of his new venture into other colours, Tony plans to pair this young crested dilute chocolate & white cock, which is split for albino, with an albino hen Starting out with a new colour or…

  • My history of hawking

    My history of hawking

    13th December 2017

    Photo: Laura Keens. Graham recently flew his Harris hawk in the fields near to the C&AB office GRAHAM WELLSTEAD has flown many species of birds of prey during his nearly 70 years of keeping them. Here he recounts some of his…

  • Sword-billed hummingbird: the beak that’s longer than the body

    Sword-billed hummingbird: the beak that’s longer than the body

    13th December 2017

    Photo: © Shutterstock.com/Jonathan Chancasana. Giant hummingbird: on a quick view, this bird can be mistaken for a swallow! Here is a bird that has to be seen to be believed, says BILL NAYLOR, so why have zoos stopped keeping the sword-billed hummingbird…

  • Keep these faults out of your budgie birdroom!

    Keep these faults out of your budgie birdroom!

    13th December 2017

    Above: Flecking is a big problem if it gets out of control, advises Fred. This bird also has a protruding beak, another potential fault FRED WRIGHT concludes his three-part series on good and bad points in budgies, with a review of…

  • The mechanics behind moulting

    The mechanics behind moulting

    4th December 2017

    Photo: © Shutterstock.com/Paul Reeves Photography. This American goldfinch cock is mid-way through the moult; its old feathers will drop out and be replaced by new ones  All avian species go through the moult, but what exactly does this annual process involve? PAUL…

  • Parrots: A race against time in the neotropics

    Parrots: A race against time in the neotropics

    4th December 2017

    Photo: © Shutterstock.com/ostill. The study published in Conservation Biology in October found that there were moderate decreases for 15 parrot populations including the green-winged macaw (Ara chloropterus) in Bolivia  The last global parrot review took place 17 years ago, so a new…

  • Softbills: December diary

    Softbills: December diary

    4th December 2017

    Photo: Gary Bralsford. Gary’s friend in Essex has had some success with his white-throated bee-eaters (Merops albicollis). This is one of the chicks in different stages of growth that was hand-reared by a helpful zookeeper GARY BRALSFORD offers up his final…

  • Budgie Cs, Ds & Fs

    Budgie Cs, Ds & Fs

    29th November 2017

    Above: The cere is the fleshy area above the beak. ‘Blue for boys, brown for girls’ is the general rule Most established birdkeepers will be familiar with these terms, but for newcomers they need a bit of definition. FRED WRIGHT continues…

  • Feeding finches for show bench success

    Feeding finches for show bench success

    29th November 2017

    Photo: Tony Edwards. Tony uses clear, plastic or ceramic dishes to offer eggfood and soaked seed to his Bengalese finches. These ones are part of a mixed group currently being assessed. While Bengalese can survive on a basic diet, TONY EDWARDS…

  • Cuckoos: Masters of mimicry and disguise

    Cuckoos: Masters of mimicry and disguise

    29th November 2017

    Photo: © Shutterstock.com/Wildlife World. Dove-sized and ash grey with grey barred underparts, the European cuckoo can be frequently seen across the UK, although numbers are higher across southern and central England. Note how it perches low on a branch with wings drooped,…

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