In the October 17, issue of Cage & Aviary Birds, Dutch birdman Sander Van Duuren gives an insight into one of his favourite species groups: the fabulous genus Phoenicurus.

 

In news we report that the North of England Gloster Club (NofEGC) has created new rosettes in honour of its three presidents, now all deceased: John Scott, George Storey and John Martin, and the Yorkshire Canary Club (YCC) announces that it will put on a Yorkie section at the 2019 National Exhibition, following this year’s unexpected but highly welcomed entry of 121 birds.

 

Having established last week that budgie breeding to win isn’t a lottery, David Turner looks at some ways in which you can structure your approach and cut out the ‘dumb luck’ factor.

 

Brian Keenan picks up where he left off last week, with further thoughts on canary line-breeding and how vitality and diversity in your stud can still be maintained when using this technique.

 

The Muscovy duck has been unfairly saddled with a reputation for being difficult but, says Chris Graham, in fact it’s an interesting and versatile breed with a fascinating history.

 

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