In the December 19/26, 2018, issue of Cage & Aviary Birds, Bill Naylor says almost everything about the ruby-throated hummingbird is astonishing, from its continent-spanning migration to its aerial manoeuvrability. Here Bill examines its life history.

 

In news, we report on our third annual presentation of the prestigious Birdkeeper of the Year award and this year’s winner, Colin O’Hara, and we look back on the headlines that hit our news pages in the first half of 2018.

 

When Fred Wright visited Pierre Swart’s birdroom during a trip to South Africa, he came away impressed with the set-up, management techniques and, not least, the birds.

 

The mainstream media once eagerly brought the excitement of bird shows to their readers’ attention. Aided by classic illustrations, canary expert Brian Keenan enjoys a write-up from a 1902 event.

 

One of Tony Edwards’ aims for next year is to produce two pairs of top exhibition chestnut & whites, and this is bound to influence his breeding tactics, as he explains.

 

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