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  • British Colour Canary Club welcomes the Stafford canary

    British Colour Canary Club welcomes the Stafford canary

    18th February 2021

    Above: both Mr Berrill (left) and Mr Finn (right) continue to develop the Stafford breed and will offer advice to the BCCC where necessary   THE BRITISH COLOUR Canary Club (BCCC) has adopted the Stafford canary under its umbrella, following…

  • Canary birdroom of rare varieties targeted in theft

    Canary birdroom of rare varieties targeted in theft

    10th February 2021

    Above: canary theft victim Mark Denton (left) with foreign bird keeper Ron Chamberlain at the 2018 New Chiltern Inter Club open show. Mr Denton’s stolen birds are either 2020 NCA closed-ringed with the code ‘NCA 266’ or IOA ‘291’ closed-ringed…

  • New stamp collection focuses on exhibition birds

    New stamp collection focuses on exhibition birds

    3rd February 2021

    Does your bird feature in the new stamp collection? Let us know: birds.news@kelsey.co.uk   A NEW EXHIBITION-BIRD stamp collection featuring the work of British photographer Luke Stephenson is available to buy from next week. Titled Show Birds, the six-stamp set…

  • Clever zebbies can recall signature sounds for 30 days

    Clever zebbies can recall signature sounds for 30 days

    20th December 2020

    Above: new research has found that zebra finches can identify at least 50 members of their flock from their signature sounds up to a month later. © Shutterstock.com/Chris Watson   ZEBRA FINCHES ARE quick learners when it comes to language.…

  • Flycatchers communicate differently with their feather sounds

    Flycatchers communicate differently with their feather sounds

    20th December 2020

    Above: A non-migratory fork-tailed flycatcher. Photo: Alex Jahn   THE TINY TROPICAL fork-tailed flycatcher (Tyrannus savana) is known to rustle its wings to communicate, but two subspecies “speak” in different dialects, new research has found. T. s. monachus spends all…

  • One into four does go

    One into four does go

    20th December 2020

    Above: ‘We’ve been promoted’: an adult and young P. poncetiion South Georgia. The four gentoo penguin species will receive vernacular (English) names if the research conclusions are confirmed. Photo: Gemma Lucas   NUMBERS OF PENGUIN species have just increased from…

  • Helping hand for club juniors

    Helping hand for club juniors

    20th December 2020

    Getting stuck in (above): East Anglian ZFS was lucky enough to have three enthusiastic juniors stewarding at its 2019 show. L-r: Nathanial Gilbert, Teddy Drury, Liam Williams   THE ZEBRA FINCH Society (ZFS) is  doing its bit to encourage young…

  • Seal of approval for breeding wader research

    Seal of approval for breeding wader research

    20th December 2020

    Above: Winner of the Marsh Award for Ornithology, Dr Jen Smart. Photo: BTO   A PASSION FOR waders has led to a top prize for a leading expert in the field. Dr Jen Smart won the prestigious Marsh Award for…

  • Peter Cannan does the double with Allen Silver award

    Peter Cannan does the double with Allen Silver award

    20th December 2020

    Above: Paul Paintain (left) presenting the Allen Silver Award to Peter Cannan   A SILVER LINING lay in store for Peter Cannan for his hard work as general secretary and ring secretary of the Zebra Finch Society when, for the…