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  • Exclusive print to raise money for puffins

    Exclusive print to raise money for puffins

    16th January 2018

    Illustration: Tori Ratcliffe. Avian artist Tori Ratcliffe will donate half of the proceeds from her exclusive print Little Puffin to the Scottish Seabird Centre. All 75 prints have been individually signed and numbered. An additional 25 prints will be made available…

  • Parrots stolen while owner holidays abroad

    Parrots stolen while owner holidays abroad

    16th January 2018

    Photo: Ray Piper. The breeding pair of Australian king parrots were not ringed, as Mr Piper did not plan to exhibit them. Nothing else was missing from the property, so he believes the thieves came prepared and brought a cage or…

  • Do you have what it takes to help the AFS this year?

    Do you have what it takes to help the AFS this year?

    16th January 2018

    Above: Chairman Dave Harris mans the AFS stand at the 2017 National Exhibition where it launched an English version of the Dutch book Australian finches and their mutations THE AUSTRALIAN FINCH Society (AFS) is appealing to members old and new to…

  • Birdkeeping Enemy No. 1: complacency

    Birdkeeping Enemy No. 1: complacency

    8th January 2018

    Above: A pair of orange-breasted chestnut-flanked white (CFW) zebra finches. Dave’s coveted pair also had the black-breasted mutation, an uncommon and interesting combination. Of course they had to be the ones to fall victim to rodents!  Take your eye fractionally…

  • IOA double their medal count at Gouden Ring with new varieties

    IOA double their medal count at Gouden Ring with new varieties

    8th January 2018

    Above: Mel Knaggs’s top score was 94 point for a Arricciato Gigante Italiano canary DECEMBER’S 25th GOUDEN Ring Show witnessed the International Ornithological Association (IOA) team secure a record medal count at any COM or World Show. Eighteen IOA members sent…

  • Latest issue: December 27/January 3

    Latest issue: December 27/January 3

    2nd January 2018

    In the December 27 2017/January 3 2018, issue of Cage & Aviary Birds, distinguished by its striking markings, the moustache parakeet is sadly less than flourishing in its native Asia, says Rosemary Low, but introduced populations have given hope that numbers will begin…

  • Society advocate is crowned C&AB’s Birdkeeper of the Year

    Society advocate is crowned C&AB’s Birdkeeper of the Year

    2nd January 2018

    Above: On the road: in the 1980s, Tom Lewis (right) made this six-foot budgie from wire mesh and papier mâché, and (with permission from the Chief Constable of Bristol) paraded around Bristol with a PA system to advertise Bristol BS’s open…

  • NCA & CC launch joint ring scheme

    NCA & CC launch joint ring scheme

    22nd December 2017

    Above: Chris Smith and Barry Mills hold committee roles for the CC and NCA. The ring scheme is new for both organisations, who had never before issued rings THE CANARY COUNCIL (CC) has teamed up with the National Council for Aviculture…

  • Latest issue December 20 2017

    Latest issue December 20 2017

    18th December 2017

    In the December 20 2017, issue of Cage & Aviary Birds, each year, the Bird Experience Oirschot in Holland puts on an extraordinary event that showcases its members’ softbills in a natural environment in a way that most British softbill keepers could only dream of. Gary Bralsford finds out…

  • WPT campaigns to make a change for parrots

    WPT campaigns to make a change for parrots

    18th December 2017

    Photo: Nicolas Paulin/AdobeStock. Dozens of wild-caught African greys (left) confiscated from illegal trade in Eastern Europe are now recovering in France. The birds are being rehabilitated before a possible release back in to the wild in Central Africa  A ‘MAKE A…