In the December 5, issue of Cage & Aviary Birds, Bill Naylor says the wallcreeper is best known for scaling the Pyrenees and the Alps, but sadly is rarely seen scaling natural or man-made structures in the UK or in private collections. In this issue, he explores the species’ distribution and behaviour.


In news, the UK’s Chief Veterinary Officers encourage all poultry farmers and birdkeepers to prepare for winter avian influenza through biosecurity measures, and we report on the WWT‘s pioneering project to raise and release some of the world’s rarest ducks back into their native habitat on Lake Sofia in East Africa.


From his recent visit to South Africa, Fred Wright brings us an insider’s view of one of the world’s most admired budgerigar studs, belonging to Reinhard and Holgar Molkentin.


In the first of a two-part series, Steve Dominey discusses the importance of foundations and pedigree when creating and breeding your stud of exhibition canaries.


As Rosemary Low watched a flock of mitred conures in a large aviary at France’s Bioparc, she was taken back to her time exploring Argentina, where she experienced this natural behaviour in the wild.


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