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  • Clever zebbies can recall signature sounds for 30 days

    Clever zebbies can recall signature sounds for 30 days

    20th December 2020

    Above: new research has found that zebra finches can identify at least 50 members of their flock from their signature sounds up to a month later. © Shutterstock.com/Chris Watson   ZEBRA FINCHES ARE quick learners when it comes to language.…

  • Flycatchers communicate differently with their feather sounds

    Flycatchers communicate differently with their feather sounds

    20th December 2020

    Above: A non-migratory fork-tailed flycatcher. Photo: Alex Jahn   THE TINY TROPICAL fork-tailed flycatcher (Tyrannus savana) is known to rustle its wings to communicate, but two subspecies “speak” in different dialects, new research has found. T. s. monachus spends all…

  • One into four does go

    One into four does go

    20th December 2020

    Above: ‘We’ve been promoted’: an adult and young P. poncetiion South Georgia. The four gentoo penguin species will receive vernacular (English) names if the research conclusions are confirmed. Photo: Gemma Lucas   NUMBERS OF PENGUIN species have just increased from…

  • Helping hand for club juniors

    Helping hand for club juniors

    20th December 2020

    Getting stuck in (above): East Anglian ZFS was lucky enough to have three enthusiastic juniors stewarding at its 2019 show. L-r: Nathanial Gilbert, Teddy Drury, Liam Williams   THE ZEBRA FINCH Society (ZFS) is  doing its bit to encourage young…

  • Seal of approval for breeding wader research

    Seal of approval for breeding wader research

    20th December 2020

    Above: Winner of the Marsh Award for Ornithology, Dr Jen Smart. Photo: BTO   A PASSION FOR waders has led to a top prize for a leading expert in the field. Dr Jen Smart won the prestigious Marsh Award for…

  • Peter Cannan does the double with Allen Silver award

    Peter Cannan does the double with Allen Silver award

    20th December 2020

    Above: Paul Paintain (left) presenting the Allen Silver Award to Peter Cannan   A SILVER LINING lay in store for Peter Cannan for his hard work as general secretary and ring secretary of the Zebra Finch Society when, for the…

  • Courier service: ‘No European delivery until Brexit outcome’

    Courier service: ‘No European delivery until Brexit outcome’

    26th November 2020

    Above: Despite the first government lockdown, it was business as usual for bird collections and deliveries, with 90 per cent of the bird market being pigeons, say Walkers   A LEADING LIVESTOCK courier company is to suspend European deliveries from…

  • BS walks into GDPR storm

    BS walks into GDPR storm

    24th November 2020

    Above: A primary aim of the GDPR law is to give control to individuals over their personal data. This became newly enforceable on May 25, 2018. © Shutterstock.com/Wright Studio   THE BUDGERIGAR SOCIETY has been accused of a breach of the…