The Avicultural Society

Founded in 1894

President: Mr. Christopher Marler

The Avicultural Society is concerned with the keeping and breeding of all types of birds other than domesticated varieties. The society, based in the UK, has a world-wide membership which includes most top aviculturalists, as well as leading zoos, bird gardens, conservation organisations and research institutes around the world.

History of the Society

A small group of British and foreign bird-keeping enthusiasts met in Brighton in 1894 with a view to forming a society devoted to their interests. The newly formed society started with 52 members. In November of that year, the first issue of the society’s magazine carried an editorial in which the joint editors proposed that members should be known as aviculturists. Thus the Avicultural Society came into being and a new word – aviculture – entered the English language.

The Society Today

The Avicultural Society promotes the study of, and best practices in, keeping non-domesticated birds in captivity, publishing four 48-page issues of the AVICULTURAL MAGAZINE annually. The Society also sponsors Special Interest Groups dedicated to the captive propagation of non-domestic birds. We also encourage conservation in the wild. To this end amongst the various projects selected the Avicultural Society has assisted in the funding of Professor He Fen-Qui’s work with the Blue-crowned Laughing Thrush and hornbill research in Thailand, where villagers who previously earned money by taking chicks from their nests and selling them, now receive payments for protecting the nests and collecting nesting data.

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News and Views

Avicultural Society AGM 2018

The 2018 Annual General Meeting will be held on March 24th at Cotswold Wildlife Park. Details are available here. (Read More...)

Autumn Social 2017 – Schedule now available!

The full schedule for the Autumn Social 2017 is now available. Please confirm with Christopher Kent. (Read More...)

Course on the Conservation Breeding and Husbandry of Birds

The Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust is offering a course on the bird breeding and husbandry from November 6th through 10th. The Conservation Breeding and Husbandry of Birds is a five-day course designed to equip you with the necessary skills to successfully manage and breed birds in captivity. Details and registration are available here. (Read More...)

Ornamental Pheasant Breeding Course

The World Pheasant Association are putting on a new course which is an introduction to breeding ornamental pheasants. This exciting new introductory course on ornamental pheasants, their breeding and management is designed to attract anyone interested in pheasants. This is to be held at the Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens, which is near Newcastle airport. Course ... (Read More...)