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  • Rare vulture hatches in US

    Rare vulture hatches in US

    15th June 2021

    Above: A first for Atlanta Zoo: the lappet-faced vulture chick. Photo: courtesy of Zoo Atlanta   AN ENDANGERED LAPPET-FACED vulture chick has hatched at Zoo Atlanta after 12 infertile eggs and more than eight years of the adult pair trying.…

  • Social networking? Pelicans can

    Social networking? Pelicans can

    9th June 2021

    Above: Blackpool Zoo’s great white pelicans. The study was based around their nesting between Oct 2016 and Feb 2017, and from July to Oct 2017. Photo: Paul Rose   SOCIAL SKILLS ARE an important part in the successful breeding of captive…

  • BS approves new Trespa show cage

    BS approves new Trespa show cage

    3rd June 2021

    Above: The new plastic Trespa cage: passed by members and the Budgerigar Society   THE BUDGERIGAR SOCIETY (BS) has given the thumbs up to a new additional plastic Trespa cage to the standard show cage. Gren Norris, the society’s show…

  • New breeder listing for Fife Canary Council

    New breeder listing for Fife Canary Council

    26th May 2021

    Above: The members’ breeder list will be under the watchful eye of Paul Larkin who will maintain the list throughout the year to keep it compliant with GDPR legislation   A MEMBERS’ BREEDER list has been introduced by the Fife…

  • Brexit: paperwork reveals drastic export restrictions

    Brexit: paperwork reveals drastic export restrictions

    26th May 2021

    Above: ‘Since 1 January 2021, captive birds that are transported to the EU or NI from GB are subject to 3rd country animal health import conditions…,’ is the advice from the UK chief veterinary officer, Christine Middlemiss. If a fancier…

  • Eye-saving penguin surgery is a first for Chester Zoo

    Eye-saving penguin surgery is a first for Chester Zoo

    26th May 2021

    Above: Following his procedure, Munch the Humboldt penguin spent time recovering in a shallower nursery pool while keepers monitored his post-surgery progress. He was joined by his life partner, Wurly, who kept him company throughout his recovery   A FOUR-YEAR-OLD…

  • Bird shows/events get green light from DEFRA

    Bird shows/events get green light from DEFRA

    26th May 2021

    Above: We’re back: shows/events can go ahead following the lifting of a bird gatherings ban   DEFRA HAS LIFTED the bird gatherings ban which has covered England, Scotland and Wales for the past five months. As of April 21, bird gatherings, including…

  • Show cages in crisis: new deal secures future for Scots fancies

    Show cages in crisis: new deal secures future for Scots fancies

    26th May 2021

    Above: The Italian-made STA cage: an SFSC member brought the model to the club’s attention as being suitable for showing the breed   THE Scots Fancy Specialist Club (SFSC) has secured a new manufacturer and importer for the breed’s show…

  • Points scheme opens up competition for FCC-affiliated shows

    Points scheme opens up competition for FCC-affiliated shows

    20th April 2021

    Above: The FCC Exhibitor of the Year competition will commence at the Council’s first members’ show, North Staffs & South Cheshire FFCC on October 3. The competition will come to an end at the last show, held by East Anglian…