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  • Indulge in some West Coast style

    Indulge in some West Coast style

    12th April 2019

    Above: Say what? Despite its name, the California quail’s call is often transcribed Chi-ca-go! Photo: Chris Green   Quite easy to keep, and a doddle to breed, here’s a gamebird that will draw admiring looks from your aviary visitors, reckons CHRIS GREEN.…

  • Targeted research opens the door for assisted reproduction in parrots

    Targeted research opens the door for assisted reproduction in parrots

    12th April 2019

    Above: Philippine cockatoo: Critically Endangered and subject of a reintroduction programme   In the third of four articles, DR DAVID WAUGH explains how scientists are honing the technique of artificial insemination to improve the chances of successful breeding in rare…

  • Zoo priorities: the reality

    Zoo priorities: the reality

    5th April 2019

    Above: Red-crested turaco (Tauraco erythrolophus): Louise Peat is the European studbook keeper for this widespread tropical African bird. Although it is of Least Concern, captive studies have, she reports, yielded much fruitful information on other turaco species that are more…

  • Northumbrian Notes

    Northumbrian Notes

    25th March 2019

    Above: Key player: the photo doesn’t do him justice, but this blue cinnamon carrier Norwich cock is an important factor in developing the self cinnamon line All photos: Austin Middlemiss   Breeding birds is most absorbing when you’ve got more…

  • Keep softbill spend down

    Keep softbill spend down

    20th March 2019

    Above: Don’s first clutch from the single-factor blue blackbirds: four chicks in total, three blues and one surviving satinette. Photo: Don Turner   DON TURNER continues his account of how he switched from hardbills to softbills, with a focus on…

  • Rules for buying

    Rules for buying

    14th March 2019

    Above: One thing you can’t really do in the budgie fancy is buy your way straight to the winner’s podium. It takes a lot of skills on top of spending   In FRED WRIGHT’s second of three articles about buying…

  • Felt and pan advice

    Felt and pan advice

    13th March 2019

    Above: Don Bird’s breeding cages. Note the external nest compartments to left and right – these facilitate quick unobtrusive inspections. Photo Don Bird   Your canaries’ nests are their most essential resource, so you don’t want to skimp on design or…

  • Research on assisted reproduction in parrots

    Research on assisted reproduction in parrots

    7th March 2019

    Above: Hyacinth macaws could benefit from AI. Photo: Cezar Correa   DR DAVID WAUGH explains how scientists are refining the technique of artificial insemination (AI) in endangered parrot species to improve the chances of successful breeding. It’s a method on…

  • Gloster fancy changes to benefit everybody

    Gloster fancy changes to benefit everybody

    6th March 2019

    Above: Lauren Wight (centre), winner of the best junior Scots prize, with Donald Skinner-Reid (left) and judge Ian Wright (right) at the NGFCC 2017 show. Photo: Norman Wallace   How to move the fancy forward? Share our ideas for a…

  • Why my selfs have returned

    Why my selfs have returned

    28th February 2019

    Above: The ideal Bengalese finch has no white feathers at all: according to the show standards, they are not permissible. Photo: Tony Edwards   TONY EDWARDS has recently reintroduced self Bengalese into his stud and here outlines the challenge of…