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  • Genome analysis reinforces need for Amazon conservation

    Genome analysis reinforces need for Amazon conservation

    7th February 2019

    Above: The survival of the Critically Endangered Puerto Rican Amazon parrot  depends on successful captive-breeding for the widest possible genetic diversity. Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Tom MacKenzie of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southeast Region   SCIENTISTS MAPPING THE genome of three Amazon  parrots…

  • Blue Lizard club leads the way with free show-cage drinkers

    Blue Lizard club leads the way with free show-cage drinkers

    5th February 2019

    Above: Usually at Blue Lizard Canary Club shows and canary shows in general, any drinkers need to be removed before judging takes place, so that all the cages are uniform and cannot be considered ‘marked cages’   THE BLUE LIZARD Canary…

  • Sumatran birds under threat from illegal smuggling

    Sumatran birds under threat from illegal smuggling

    31st January 2019

    Above: Some of the crates and dead birds discovered during the raids in Indonesia Photo: FLIGHT   FOUR MASSIVE SEIZURES totalling more than 10,000 live and dead songbirds in the two largest islands in Indonesia at the end of last…

  • Three top fanciers are honoured by the NCA

    Three top fanciers are honoured by the NCA

    29th January 2019

    Above: With his expert knowledge on softbills and nectar feeders (especially hummingbirds), Geoff Gradwell was able to establish birds that were previously impossible to keep   THE NATIONAL COUNCIL for Aviculture (NCA) has added three fanciers to its prestigious Roll of…

  • Report reveals good and bad news for Amazonian birds

    Report reveals good and bad news for Amazonian birds

    24th January 2019

    Above: Paraguay’s ban on the export of CITES-listed species caused indigenous families no longer harvesting Toco toucan (Ramphastos toco) chicks for sale, but instead turning their forests into charcoal Photo: Staffan Widstrand/WWF   RECENT RESEARCH HAS shown that South Africa was…

  • Historic breed hits major milestone at World Show

    Historic breed hits major milestone at World Show

    22nd January 2019

    Above: Some of the 12 birds entered were awarded 91 or 92 points, which Mr Evans said was ‘very encouraging’. Photo: Huw Evans   THE LONDON FANCY canary is one step closer to becoming recognised by Confédération Ornithologique Mondiale (COM) following…

  • Chester Zoo rallies after devastating fire

    Chester Zoo rallies after devastating fire

    18th January 2019

    Above: Chester Zoo’s Monsoon Forest opened in August 2015 and is a 14-acre tropical habitat. The fire has done significant damage to the exhibit’s roof and it is currently closed to the public   FOLLOWING A LARGE fire in its Monsoon…

  • Britain brings home 22 medals from Gouden Ring

    Britain brings home 22 medals from Gouden Ring

    18th January 2019

    Above: exhibits at the 2018 Gouden Ring Show.  The UK team took home 22 medals   A GROUP OF fanciers from the UK who sent birds to the 2018 Gouden Ring Show are celebrating following a raft of medals and one…

  • London canary club is back for good

    London canary club is back for good

    18th January 2019

    Above: Judges Richard Knowles and Andy Cooper (pictured) have been engaged to place awards for this year’s show   A SPECIALIST FIFE canary club that was originally set up by a group of friends in 2013 has reformed following a four-year…