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  • Quality over quantity for coloured canary winners at Gouden Ring

    Quality over quantity for coloured canary winners at Gouden Ring

    2nd January 2019

    Above: Exhibits from the coloured canary section at the 2017 Gouden Ring. See the January 9 issue for a show report and pictures by Donald Skinner-Reid. Photo: Donald Skinner- Reid   DESPITE POOR BREEDING results that meant fewer than normal coloured canary…

  • Parrot expert claims title  of Birdkeeper of the Year

    Parrot expert claims title of Birdkeeper of the Year

    18th December 2018

    Above: Colin O’Hara’s book Simply Splendid has become an essential reference for breeders of Neophema parakeets   FOR THE third annual presentation of the prestigious Birdkeeper of the Year award, the Cage & Aviary Birds’ team has chosen Colin O’Hara as…

  • Protection for barnacle geese remains in place

    Protection for barnacle geese remains in place

    13th December 2018

    Above: UK numbers of Svalbard barnacle geese have risen from possibly just 100s in the 1940s to 42,000 today. Norway’s request for the Standing Committee of the Bern Convention to accept a down-listing of the barnacle goose from the Bern Convention’s…

  • Epic journey begins for rare African Pochards

    Epic journey begins for rare African Pochards

    6th December 2018

    Above: day-old Madagascar pochard ducklings. The WWT team planned to release 32 birds in 2018; so far there are 22 to be released. Photo: WWT   A PIONEERING PROJECT to raise and release some of the world’s rarest ducks back into…

  • UK birdkeepers urged to prepare for winter bird-flu threat

    UK birdkeepers urged to prepare for winter bird-flu threat

    4th December 2018

    Above: The UK government continues to monitor for cases of bird flu as the virus is still circulating in wild birds in north-west Europe © Shutterstock.com/Ratthapol Duangsri   THE UK’s CHIEF Veterinary Officers are encouraging all poultry farmers and birdkeepers to…

  • Fine and curfew for Kent man who trapped wild birds

    Fine and curfew for Kent man who trapped wild birds

    29th November 2018

    Above: Kent Police say they are determined to help bring trapping cases to court to protect our garden birds such as the goldfinch, above © Shutterstock.com/El Coronesta   A GRAVESEND RESIDENT was given a 28-day curfew and ordered to pay costs…

  • Australian male honeyeater proves himself in the wild

    Australian male honeyeater proves himself in the wild

    27th November 2018

    Above: This wild female feeds a fledgling. The Taronga Conservation Society programme supports the Critically Endangered Regent honeyeater and helps to raise and release birds to help boost the wild population. Photo: Glen Johnson   A CAPTIVE-BRED REGENT honeyeater’s success in attracting…

  • Rare three-species hybrid warbler discovered in America

    Rare three-species hybrid warbler discovered in America

    22nd November 2018

    Above: The rare triple-hybrid warbler, which is part golden-winged warbler, part blue-winged warbler and part chestnut-sided warbler. A research paper on this bird was published in the journal Biology Letters. Photo: Lowell Burket   AN UNKNOWN BIRD spotted in Pennsylvania, US,…

  • DEFRA: ‘21-day declaration form is no longer required’

    DEFRA: ‘21-day declaration form is no longer required’

    20th November 2018

    Above: Until recently, bird shows and gatherings, including the Parrot Society’s National Exhibition (pictured), were advised to comply with APHA’s 21-day declaration form in line with the General Licence   UK BIRDKEEPERS NO longer need to sign a “21-day” declaration with…