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Benched exhibits stolen in night raid

1TRAGEDY HAS HIT a three-day bird show in the Netherlands, with the theft of more than half of the exhibits that had been booked in overnight.

Officials of the Birds Asso- ciation de Bastaarden (Vogelvereniging De Bastaarden) were forced to cancel the annual event in the Noord-Brabant town of Nuenen, where thieves escaped with 225 birds – mainly coloured and posture canaries, along with British and foreign birds.


Thousands of bird species held on coloration database

shutterstock 303243491MORE THAN 3,000 avian species have been represented so far in the largest international database of bird plumage coloration – but now the lead organiser needs funding to make it public.

BirdColourBase was started three years ago after lead organiser Dr Thanh-Lan Gluckman wanted to pool global data using a physics-based approach of describing bird colours together into one database. The information will be publicised in due course if funding is secured.


NCA & CC launch joint ring scheme


IMG 0877THE CANARY COUNCIL (CC) has teamed up with the National Council for Aviculture (NCA) to launch a new ID-coded closed-ring scheme for UK canary breeders. The CC secretary sequently encourage Chris Smith made the show at the World Show more UK exhibitors proposal earlier this year at the CC’s AGM, to work with the NCA under an adapted version of the NCA’s ring scheme.

When the NCA revised its constitution in 2006, it set up a ring scheme but it has not been put into practice until the current joint arrangement with the CC. This scheme joins the Budgerigar Society, the British Bird Council and the various foreign bird sections issuing closed rings for UK breeders. 


New report reveals 100 per cent lack of convictions for bird-of-prey persecution

shutterstock 742450144FOR THE FIRST time in 30 years there have been no UK prosecutions for crimes against birds of prey, despite more than 81 confirmed incidents in this country last year, says the RSPB.

In its annual Birdcrime report, the charity states that during the past five years it has seen the highest number of raptor persecution incidents. In 2016 alone, it documented 40 shootings, 22 poisonings, 15 trappings and four other incidents of illegal persecutions against raptors, including hen harriers, peregrine falcons, red kites and buzzards.


Novice follows up National win with second best in show in two weeks

IMG 9564A NOVICE COLOURED canary fancier who took best in section at October’s National Exhibition (NE), has continued his success by winning another best-in-show title 14 days later.

Steve Wayte from Coalville, Leicestershire, was awarded the top special by judge Simon Meredith in the NE’s coloured canary section on October 8 at Stafford for his intensive red black ivory hen. He then benched another supreme winner – an unflighted black white mogno – at the East Midlands CCBA zone show in Nottingham on October 22.


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