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


From The Chairman Breeding the Twelve-Wired Bird-of-Paradise in Weltvogellpark Walsrode – Age is not an obstacle! By Anne Hoppmann Breeding experiences with the New Guinea Bronzwing By Seth Martens Record breeding year for Rusty-faced Parrots in Columbia By Dr. David Waugh, Director, Loro Parque Fundación News from Loro Parque Fundación September 2014 By Dr. Matthias Reinschmidt, Zoological Director, Loro Parque, Tenerife Society Trip to ... (Read More...)

Malcolm Ellis Memorial Plaque

The Avicultural Society has contributed to the cost of a slate plaque (see attachment) commemorating Malcolm Ellis, which will be unveiled at Paradise Park at Hayle in Cornwall on July 28th, which would have been Malcolm’s birthday. Members are invited to attend and raise a glass to Malcolm’s memory at 4:30 in the walled ... (Read More...)

Avicultural Society Garden Party

It turned out to be a perfect afternoon. Seventy plus guests gathered at Birdworld Bird Park for the Avicultural Society Garden Party. Guests wandered through the gardens, enjoying the bird exhibits, the free flying bird show, penguin feeds and meeting each other. Many visitors met up with bird friends they had not seen for, in ... (Read More...)

Society Establishes The Raymond Sawyer Scholarship

Raymond Sawyer (1924 – 2012) was probably the best-known British aviculturist of his generation. Learning his craft as a young man, he became a very successful exhibitor and later breeder of many difficult species. His large and varied collection and beautifully designed and presented aviaries were an inspiration to many younger aviculturists. ... (Read More...)