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WPT campaigns to make a change for parrots

Grey-Parrot-c-Nicolas-Paulin- -AdobeStockA ‘MAKE A Change’ campaign to raise funds and awareness for parrots in jeopardy worldwide has been launched by the World Parrot Trust (WPT).

From now until January 31, 2018, donations to the cause will be doubled by a generous WPT supporter. The WPT’s goal is to reach a total of £60,000 matched.

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Top Fife men donate towards fundraiser for show staging

The-deputy-Lord-Mayor-of-Lurgan-presenting-the-BIS-trophy-to-Laura-Lynch-for-our-winner-Wil-ODonovanA ONE-OFF AUCTION of birds has helped a Fife canary club towards its urgent fundraising target for new staging.

On December 9, Mid Ulster Fife Fancy Canary Club held a bird auction alongside its annual open show at the Methodist Church Hall in Lurgan, Northern Ireland. Eight top exhibition Fifes were donated by eight key supporters of the club: Gerald Spencer from Barnsley; Garry & Jonny Archer from Newcastle; Lurgan’s Charlie Gardiner and Alan Castles; judge on the day Steve Cooke from England; Dublin’s Kieran Connolly and Wil O’Donovan from Cork.

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WPT calls for tougher action on greys

old-website-page-4-Grey-Parrots wild-flock-c-Dana-AllenNEW RESEARCH HAS highlighted the need for a coordinated global effort to ensure that the ban on the international trade in wild African grey parrots (Psittacus erithacus) is adhered to.

Following the move by CITES in October 2016 to end the legal trade of this species, the World Parrot Trust (WPT) has published a comprehensive analysis of the trade in African grey parrots to date. The study revealed that between 1978 and 2014 more than 1.2 million African greys were legally traded, but with the number actually taken from the wild much higher.

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Colour canary breeders top their gold-medal count at Gouden Ring

old-website-page-2CANARY COLOUR BREEDERS Association (CCBA) members have more than doubled their 2016 gold medal count at this year’s Gouden Ring show.

From seven CCBA exhibitors who sent birds to the show in Roeselare, Belgium, on December 2-3, a total of seven gold, two silver and three bronze medals were won – an increase on last year’s three gold, three silver and two bronze total.

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Genetics give clues to species’ extinction

ROM2013 13563_1A STUDY INTO the DNA of the passenger pigeon (Ectopistes migratorius) has revealed that the species’ once large population could be part of the reason it is now extinct.

Historically an abundant species in North America, with numbers estimated at between three and five billion birds, the passenger pigeon became extinct in the early 1900s due to habitat loss from deforestation and mass culling by humans.

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