Budgies are extremely popular pets in the UK. If you don’t have a budgie yourself, you probably know somebody who does. But many people may not be aware of how fascinating these little fellows really are. So, we have put together a few fascinating facts about the humble budgie.
Roadside verges play a more important ecological role than many people probably realise, with many plant and bird species taking advantage of the micro-ecosystem that they provide. Because of their fragile nature, these roadside oases are in need of protection and careful maintenance.
The skies above Chaddesdon in Derbyshire are being lit up with a splash of bright colour. Bobby the Macaw flies freely around the neighbourhood but always returns home to his dedicated owner, Jonathan Li. 5 Years of Training Li has spent 5 years training his British-bred bird. He used an elasticated lead to teach his […]
When it comes to pet birds, budgies are top of the pops, but why have these diminutive birds always been so popular? Budgerigars are one of the smallest parrot species in their world. They were first imported to Britain in 1840 and their natural colouring is green and yellow. Numerous mutations in captive bred birds […]
Darren Chick (great name!) lost his African grey parrot Nigel and after four years had given up hope of ever seeing him again. But he was eventually reunited with his feathered friend through the bird’s microchip and the efforts of a local vet.
Dubbed Crufts for pigeons, the British Homing World Show of the Year has been held at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens for the past 40 years. This year’s event took place in January and 2500 pigeons arrived to compete to become Supreme Champion. The show was visited by 25,000 breeders and fans from across Europe.
Pigeon Loft Arson A competitive environment tends to result in questionable behaviour from some of the people involved. All sports are dogged by underhand tactics and downright cheating. Sadly, pigeon racing is no exception and to make matters worse, there seems to be an increasing number of arson attacks on lofts.
Pigeon Fancier’s Lung (Bird Fancier’s Lung) Pigeon fancier’s lung is form of hypersensitivity pneumonitis. It occurs when the sufferer’s lungs develop an immune response to something they breathe in. The resulting inflammation of the lung tissue produces coughing, shortness of breath, fever and joint pains. The condition can lead to permanent scarring of the lungs […]
BBC Investigation Uncovers Cruel treatment of Game Birds An investigation by Inside Out London has revealed the shocking conditions endured at three breeding sites for game birds. The birds are bred for shooting, a sport which generates £140 million for the economy. Unfortunately, game birds are offered little protection under animal welfare laws.
An Unexpected Budgerigar Fancier Geoff Capes was a leading athlete and strongman. This man mountain was a shot putter who won two gold medals at the commonwealth games. He was European Indoor Champion on two occasions and represented his country 67 times. He won the highland Games six times and could pull a 165-ton train.