In the November 7, issue of Cage & Aviary Birds, few British birds can match the charm of the agile treecreeper, though you’ve got to spot this demure species first! What’s more, reports Bill Naylor, it has adapted happily to aviary life.


In news, after three decades, Croydon Budgerigar Society (BS) has called time on its history, and we also report on The Wildfowl & Wetland Trust (WWT) which is finalising a ground-breaking project to release a group of the world’s rarest duck, the Madagascar pochard (Aythya innotata), into its native habitat.


Donald Skinner-Reid reports on a positive season for breeders of old and rare variety canaries – none more so than the Scots fancy, which is fast gaining new admirers.


Year by year, the ‘balance of power’ shifts subtly at the top of the competitive budgie world. Sam Wildes explains how he sees the leader board, and rates his own stud by comparison.


To judge at the National Exhibition offers a highly concentrated view of this rapid-fire event – but for Dave Brown it was memorable as ever, with fine birds across most of the classes.


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