By Georgina Probert

FANCIER PAUL MEEK from Sunderland had 81 birds stolen from his birdroom and aviaries on December 12 and 13, at an estimated value of £6,500.

Many of the birds, which include canaries and native hardbills, are uncommon in the UK and will be easily recognised at bird sales (photographs of some of the stolen birds are shown above). All birds are closed-ringed and you can see a full list of the stolen species below.

Northumberland Police have been notified of the theft. If you are offered any of these birds or recognise them at a bird sale, please contact Northumbria Police by visiting https://beta.northumbria.police.uk/ or phoning 101 and using crime reference number 138280V/21, incident NP-20211213-0229.

A full news story will be appearing in the January 5, 2022 issue of Cage & Aviary Birds.

Stolen birds

  • Pastel siskin hens – Breeder number (161)
  • Normal mealy redpolls – Breeder number (ZO 026, 983, 486)
  • Isabel mealy hens – Year bred/Breeder number (2019 – 514)
  • Agate mealy – Year bred/Breeder number (2021 – 514)
  • Brown cobalt mealy – Year bred/Breeder number (2020 – 486)
  • Twite – Breeder number (BF 042)
  • Eumo canaries – Year bred/Breeder number (2020/21 – IOA 486, LI 383)
  • Goldfinch mules (Isabel and agate) – Breeder number (52 NB)
  • Lutino greenfinch cock – Year bred (2019)
  • Cinnamon greenfinch cock – Year bred (2018)
  • Isabel greenfinch cock – Year bred (2018)
  • Isabel greenfinch hen – Year bred/Breeder number (2021 – 486)
  • Normal greenfinch – Year bred/Breeder number (2021 – 486)
  • Raza canary hens (Single factor jaspe, Double factor jaspe, ivory, fawn, yellow) – Breeder Numbers (486, ES, IT)
  • Raza canary cocks (Yellow, Jaspe, Green) – Breeder numbers (486, ES, IT)
  • Common crossbill hens – Year bred/Breeder numbers (2019/20/21 – 486)
  • Common crossbill cock – year bred (2020)
  • Agate ivory brown – Breeder number (L 378)
  • Parrot hens and cock – year bred/Breeder number (2021 – L 378)
  • Recessive white – Breeder number (AOB KN 112)
  • Chaffinch normal hens + Isabel opal – year bred (2021)

 

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