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  • Four new fold-out charts puts a ‘spotlight’ on our birds

    Four new fold-out charts puts a ‘spotlight’ on our birds

    6th August 2020

    Above: The RSPB ID Spotlight series focuses on garden, wetland and coastal birds and birds of prey   AN ID SPOTLIGHT series, to help identify and learn more about our most common bird species, has been published by the RSPB.…

  • Bird-of-prey recognition reinstated after donation

    Bird-of-prey recognition reinstated after donation

    4th August 2020

    Above: Diego Mendez (above), the 2019 recipient of the Hawk Conservancy Trust’s Marion Paviour Award, used the grant to survey roosts, foraging grounds and nests of king vultures (right) in Bolivia Photo: Diego Méndez   THE HAWK CONSERVANCY Trust (HCT)…

  • Proud Ken makes history with hybrid

    Proud Ken makes history with hybrid

    30th July 2020

    Caption: Star bird: two of the first photos taken of the historic hybrid. In addition to the features shown here, it also has well-marked wing bars and (as a result of its siskin parentage) a green underflue. Both photos: Richard…

  • Hummingbirds’ colour vision far exceeds ours

    Hummingbirds’ colour vision far exceeds ours

    16th July 2020

    Above: To other birds, this male broad-tailed hummingbird’s magenta throat feathers likely appear as an ultraviolet+purple combination colour. During the experiment, researchers found that the hummingbirds quickly learned that nonspectrum LEDs indicated a reward. Results are published in the journal…

  • First glimmer of club-scene regrowth

    First glimmer of club-scene regrowth

    14th July 2020

    Above: before social distancing: four Merseyside Border & Fife FCC fanciers, at the club’s 2018 open show. L-r:  Al Brown, J. & A. Pierce and Tom O’Keefe. Next month’s meeting, on August 6, will be the first since the club’s…

  • Mosaics: how one gene makes all the difference

    Mosaics: how one gene makes all the difference

    7th July 2020

    Above: two mosaics that featured in the study: the female (left) shows less red than the cock. Both photos: Ricardo Lopes   SCIENTISTS HAVE long known that genetics plays a role in the differences in male and female plumage colours,…

  • Applications open for 2020 Stewart Pyper funding

    Applications open for 2020 Stewart Pyper funding

    7th July 2020

    Above: Previous Avicultural Society funding, in memory of its former council member Stewart Pyper who was keen on promoting aviculture in all its forms, has helped wild southern ground-hornbills (Bucorvus leadbeateri) and their conservation. Read more about this project at:…

  • National Exhibition: 2020 event cancelled

    National Exhibition: 2020 event cancelled

    24th June 2020

    Above: Last year’s aerial view of the main trading hall. The first Parrot Society National Exhibition was held in 2007, but initially under the name Bird Show of the Year. The following year, the name was changed to the National…

  • Budgerigar Society: ‘Two world-championship winners in 2021’

    Budgerigar Society: ‘Two world-championship winners in 2021’

    16th June 2020

    Above: The F. C. & J. McGovern partnership, pictured with Pete Hutchinson, will now have to wait until 2021 to see if they can achieve their hat-trick Club-Show win. Commenting on this year’s Club Show cancellation, BS president Ronnie Simpson…