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  • Critical action needed for endemic island species and Australian parrot

    Critical action needed for endemic island species and Australian parrot

    12th February 2018

    Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Tobias A WORRYING NUMBER of birds are more dependent on Papua New Guinea’s diminishing habitats than previously thought, say experts, who are calling for urgent action. Between 1989 and 2000, more than 20 per cent of lowland forest in New…

  • Thieves return in shock canary theft in Reading

    Thieves return in shock canary theft in Reading

    5th February 2018

    Above: Two show cages similar to the ones pictured are missing, which Mr Rouse believes were used to transport all 16 of his stolen birds INTRUDERS HAVE CLEARED out an exhibition canary birdroom for a second time in just two years.…

  • Cork exhibitor sets a hat-trick goal for show-winning goldfinch

    Cork exhibitor sets a hat-trick goal for show-winning goldfinch

    5th February 2018

    Above: L-r: president Noel O’Sullivan, BIS winner David Lyons and judge Paul O’Kane. SINBBS chairman Tom English said Mr Lyons’s show success is not only credit to his bloodline, but also his feeding programme: ‘He buys the best seeds and is…

  • Smugglers drown illegally caught birds in horror trafficking incident

    Smugglers drown illegally caught birds in horror trafficking incident

    29th January 2018

    Photo: Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency. Officers recovering the drowned birds in Melaka, Malaysia. It is believed that the birds had been collected in various South East Asian countries and were to be sold in Indonesia   HUNDREDS OF WILD songbirds have been…

  • 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…