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  • Latest issue: January 24

    22nd January 2018

    In the January 24 2018, issue of Cage & Aviary Birds, How do you cope when you’re confronted with a whole new world of birds? Editor Rob Innes ponders the question after a debut visit to South Africa.   In news, we report that an updated…

  • Upgraded snowy owl one step away from Endangered

    Upgraded snowy owl one step away from Endangered

    22nd January 2018

    Photo: © Shutterstock.com/JimCumming. Recent studies have found that the snowy owl has a more patchy population distribution than previously thought THE SNOWY OWL (Bubo scandiacus) has been classed as Vulnerable for the first time on the IUCN Red List of threatened species.…

  • Ultra-black feathers give males an evolutionary advantage

    Ultra-black feathers give males an evolutionary advantage

    22nd January 2018

    Photo: Ed Scholes. Male superb bird of paradise (Lophorina superba) during a courtship display with a female (brown plumage). Researchers studied six species of birds of paradise and one close relative (the lesser melampitta Melampitta lugubris) with profoundly black plumage (pictured)…

  • 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…