SHOWS AND OTHER events are only as good as the helpers on the day. So, on behalf of C&AB, I’d like to say a heartfelt THANK YOU to everybody who generously helped to make the recent London and South-East Show & Sale at Maidstone a début success. It’s down to you that Maidstone & SECAS had an increased show entry, that stallholders and bargain-hunters enjoyed brisk trade and that a very nice social event blossomed. Well done and thank you for your hard work on the day. Thanks, too, to event sponsors Copdock Mill, whose lorry made such a memorable appearance! Kudos for so enterprisingly offering to back something new and different.
■ Editor’s Quote of the Week: “The original mutation turned up in Ernie Wise’s aviaries in Tamworth.” Witticisms on a postcard, please... but I’d quickly point out that this is Tamworth, New South Wales, that’s under discussion. See page 16 for enlightenment.
■ Editor’s Quote of the Week 2: “Unfortunately, Whiner used to enjoy loading his beak up with three or four chicks or mice, and bring them over to the perimeter fence as an exchange for some companionship.” A bit like your cat presenting a freshly killed fledgling on the carpet for your approval, except that Whiner was a ground-hornbill. See page 11.
■ The demand for posters of our historic colour plates and front covers from the 1920s and 30s has had the steam issuing from our posh printing machine! (For full details, see the November 16 Cage & Aviary Birds.) The most ordered so far by a single reader is 25 (I kid you not.) On the editorial team, we’re delighted that lots of readers like these artworks too. We’ve each had our favourites for ages, usually picked out during “Old Bird” researches, then photographed, blown up, printed out and pasted by our computer.
One point about the artworks: the copies of the paper that they came from were rarely of a standard modern page size, such as A3. So, rather than distorting the pictures even slightly to force them into standard dimensions, we’ve opted to print them in true proportion on generous sheets of art paper. This lets people elect either to use them “as is” for posters, or trim them down to be mounted or framed. That’s why they’re on big pieces of paper!
In any case, enjoy them – and your week ahead.
In the December 7, 2016, issue of Cage & Aviary Birds, one of two species in the genus Amadina, the red-headed finch has a good-natured charisma that should be sampled by more birdkeepers in private collections, says Bill Naylor
In news, we report that a new pictorial model of the exhibition Gloster canary has been confirmed by the Gloster Fancy Canary Council-UK and evidence that Goffin's cockatoos can construct the same tool out of different materials to reach food has been highlighted in a new study.
Donald Roles recalls the antics of a ground-hornbill in Utah and a career move that was written in the stars: to Disney's Animal Kingdom!
There are so many food options that can benefit our birds, says Rosemary Low – it's just knowing where to look...
There's exciting news Down Under as Don Burke reveals the debut of a really smart new mutation: the white cap green, achieved finally after five decades of patient work
Plus lots more, including Readers' Gallery, Alderton's Observations, old and rare canaries and winter management, plus lots more.