• White-eyes of the world

    White-eyes of the world

    27th February 2019

    Above: White-eyes, such as this Cape white-eye (Zosterops virens), eat a range of fruit. Wild birds often move though fruit trees piercing one fruit after another © Shutterstock.com/Simon_g   Known to birdkeepers chiefly by a few favourite species, the white-eyes…

  • Why form a partnership?

    Why form a partnership?

    20th February 2019

    Above: Steve Dominey (left) and Bob Pepper. Even several years out of the fancy for Bob didn’t break up the Yorkie Supreme partnership, reveals Steve   If two of you instinctively think about canaries in the same way, pooling your…

  • We must be whiter than white

    We must be whiter than white

    17th February 2019

    Above: Chestnut-backed tanager: a fine softbill which has been bred recently by Peter Moore © Shutterstock.com/Andrew M. Allport   Fans of keeping and breeding exotic softbills must never forget the songbird crisis in the East, warns GARY BRALSFORD   WITH…

  • Fancy publicity: a novel approach?

    Fancy publicity: a novel approach?

    13th February 2019

    Above: Jon Ashby: ‘How could I reach the whole town and get one new member into the fancy?’   JON ASHBY identifies an opportunity to attract newcomers to a fun and not too ambitious engagement with birdkeeping. Now what’s the…

  • My theatre of dreams

    My theatre of dreams

    6th February 2019

    Above: ‘Good training is based on trust’: Selina works with a magpie goose. This spectacular bird is native to Australia and New Guinea. Photo: WWT Slimbridge/Selina Reid, unless stated Training wildfowl is not easy, but SELINA REID is doing it…

  • A gentleman of the countryside

    A gentleman of the countryside

    8th December 2018

    Photo: Male (right) and female common pheasant: a familiar sighting in the 15th century. Experts believe that the Romans brought this bird to the UK.   The common pheasant: hunted, shot and eaten for hundreds of years. Graham Wellstead looks at…

  • The crimson mountaineer

    The crimson mountaineer

    4th December 2018

    Photo: © Shutterstock.com/aaltair. Wallcreeper: note the dusky-grey head and shoulders with crimson on the wing coverts and base of primary and secondary feathers   The wallcreeper is best known for scaling the Pyrenees and the Alps, but sadly is rarely seen…

  • Feather by Feather

    Feather by Feather

    30th November 2018

    Photo: © Shutterstock.com/TashaBubo. Male kestrel   Former British birdkeeper Jarrod Cotter looks at the kestrel, familiar for its ability to hover while hunting for prey   THE kestrel is perhaps our most familiar bird of prey, because it is so frequently…

  • Value your stock

    Value your stock

    28th November 2018

    Photo: The average hobby breeder will now have to consider and document any expenses incurred from their birdkeeping activities due to the Animal Activities License legislation   Are breeders cheating themselves? asks Rosemary Low. Does the price keepers ask for…

  • Memories of Mica

    Memories of Mica

    15th November 2018

    Photo: Graham Wellstead. Mica, Graham’s red-tailed hawk, out of the aviary and on the perch, ready to start training   Just like her namesake, Mica the red-tailed hawk was always going to be special to Graham Wellstead. In the first of two…