In the June 20, 2018, issue of Cage & Aviary Birds, with its odd stocky build and ornate hackles, the Nicobar pigeon doesn’t look an ace flyer – but it is. What’s more, it is a most enjoyable species to keep in an aviary, says Bill Naylor.

 

In news, we report that the possibility of the Critically Endangered Spix’s macaw (Cyanopsitta spixii) returning to the wild could soon be a reality, following a commitment from the Brazilian Government to create a protected area for the reintroduction of this species.

 

When Austin Middlemiss decided to come back to birdkeeping, one species at the top of his ‘must-have’ list was the Siberian thrush. Here he describes the mystique that this Asian species has held for him, and the frustrations involved in trying to obtain one.

 

Seasoned Gloster breeder Dave Collier has kept and bred many species in his lifetime. But it’s the ‘canary with a hat on’ that has a special place in his heart, he tells Dave Brown

 

Plus all of the usual news stories, features, columns and club news.