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  • BS: ‘No Club Show this year’

    BS: ‘No Club Show this year’

    9th March 2021

    Above: No Club Show for a second year… however, the BS has announced a spring event to ‘kick start’ the show season in 2022, to be organised by the Club Show management team. Dave Hislop  said: ‘The decision reached regarding…

  • Points Cup commences after a delayed start

    Points Cup commences after a delayed start

    1st March 2021

    Above: the top two placings in February’s online Points Cup. Entries increased from nine in January 2020 (physical meeting) to a record 44 in December 2020 (online show)   THE 2021 POINTS Cup kicked off for Norfolk FBA members last…

  • Young warblers fare better when old parents seek help

    Young warblers fare better when old parents seek help

    18th February 2021

    Above: sharing the care of young between parents and helpers may also promote more social behaviour in the family group, researchers say © Shutterstock.com/COULANGES   ELDERLY SEYCHELLES WARBLERS with young chicks should be more inclined to recruit helpers in order…

  • 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…