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Cage & Aviary Birds

Oct 27 2021

Cage & Aviary Birds is written by bird experts for bird fanciers and is packed with club, show and bird related news, advice, birds for sale and comment. Established in 1902, Cage & Aviary Birds provides a wealth of practical advice and tips from the top names in the bird world, plus opinion, controversy, species and hobbyist profiles and nostalgia.

United Kingdom
Kelsey Publishing Group
51 Issues

in this issue

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hot competition: £200 prize donated to lca’s classic

A SUPPORTER OF the Lizard Canary Association (LCA) has generously donated £200 in prize money for the 2021 LCA Classic, giving Lizard canary fanciers yet another reason to exhibit their birds this year. “Competition for the best Lizard colour-fed and natural was always going to be fierce, particularly after losing the 2020 Classic, but the stakes have just been upped by a donor providing £200 of prize money,” explained LCA secretary, Ian Adcock. At the donor’s request, the money will be awarded as follows: £50 for best colour-fed; £25 for seond best colour-fed; £50 for best natural; £25 for second best natural; £25 for highly commended champion; and £25 for highly commended novice. The awarding of prizes is limited to one bird, one prize. The Classic will be held on November 14 at…

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also in the news…

SECOND POP-UP PARROT SHOP FOLLOWING the success of Northern Parrots’ pop-up shop in September, the online parrot store has confirmed a second event for this year. The next pop-up shop will be held over the weekend of November 12-13 at the company’s HQ in Ramsbottom, Greater Manchester. There is free parking at the venue. On the Saturday, bird trainer Mike Simmons will be available to answer behavioural queries. You must register for this event. Visit: www.northernparrots.com/popup3 RARE STINT LANDS AT RSPB RESERVE MORE than 2,000 birdwatchers from the UK and Europe have made their way to Yorkshire following the sighting of a rare bird. The long-toed stint (Calidris subminuta) was first seen at RSPB St Aidan’s Nature Reserve in Leeds on October 8. These birds spend the summer at breeding grounds in Siberia…

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fife canary council fanciers battle it out to win champion/novice exhibitor of the year

THE POINTS GAP is closing in at the top of the leaderboard as the second round of the champion and novice Exhibitor of the Year competition run by the Fife Canary Council (FCC) draws to a close. Results from Round 1 were determined following the North Staffs & South Cheshire FFCC show on October 3, held at the National Exhibition, where Henry Cooper won best champion Fife and best Fife in show with his 2021-bred clear yellow cock. This placed him second on the FCC’s champion Exhibitor of the Year leaderboard. (See News, October 20 issue). However, things can change swiftly and the Round 2 results were announced following the London FFCC show held in Tilbury on October 17. Currently in first place in the champion Exhibitor of the Year leaderboard is…

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ducklings ride the waves to conserve energy

NEW RESEARCH HAS explained why it is beneficial for ducklings to swim in a line behind their mother – and the findings could have applications in maritime shipping. Scientists at the University of Strathclyde in Scotland have discovered the ducklings benefit from “wave riding” and “wave passing”, which reduce wave drag and improve locomotion performance. The researchers used a mathematical and numerical model to study how the water moves behind the mother duck and her ducklings. They calculated the wave drag on a group of waterfowl in a swimming formation and found that by riding the waves generated by a mother duck, a trailing duckling can obtain a significant reduction in wave drag. The research team found that when a duckling swims at the “sweet spot” behind its mother a “destructive wave interference phenomenon”…

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young photographers win prestigious international award

TWO BUDDING TEENAGE bird photographers have won their age categories at the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards 2021. Selected from more than 50,000 entries from 95 countries, the winners of the Natural History Museum’s (NHM) Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition were revealed earlier this month at an online awards ceremony. Andrés Luis Dominguez Blanco from Spain took home first place in the Young Photographer of the Year 11-14 Years category for his striking photograph, Sunflower songbird, of a warbler singing in a field of sunflowers. Rosamund “Roz” Kidman Cox OBE, chair of the judging panel, commented: “Instead of zooming in on the songster, the photographer has chosen to frame it within a joyous riot of colour and pattern. A field of sunflowers is not the normal habitat for a warbler, but…

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illegally smuggled wild birds get a second chance

MORE THAN 300 illegally trapped finches that were confiscated in Malta have been successfully rehabilitated and released back into the wild. The birds were discovered at a property on the island of Gozo in Malta during a joint operation by local police and the Wild Birds Regulation Unit (WBRU) on September 6. Five species were confiscated – European serin, goldfinch and greenfinch, as well as common linnet and chaffinch – all of which had been kept in tiny cages and in poor conditions. Despite ongoing work by the WBRU and BirdLife Malta, illegal trapping occurs on a large scale across the Maltese islands. The trapping season usually begins at the end of October. “It is believed that the birds had been illegally smuggled into Malta from Italy to be sold among trappers and…