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

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...)

Peter Stocks

We are sad to report the death of Peter Stocks on April 7th. Until very recently Peter served as the Society’s Secretary/Treasurer, a post he held for several years. Peter was interested in a wide range of birds, but was best known as an owl breeder. He had suffered from cardiovascular problems ... (Read More...)


From the Chairman Having been an aviculturist for fifty years – Part 5 by Bernard Sayers Breeding the Cape Robin-chat Cossypha caffra by Llyr Davies News from Loro Parque Fundacion August 2013 by Dr. Matthias Reinschmidt Half-ripe maize as an important supplementary food for parrots and parakeets during breeding and rearing by Dr. Matthias Reinschmidt An accidental experiment on nest and chick ... (Read More...)

Spring Social Meeting and AGM – April 26 and 27, 2014

The AGM will be held at Lotherton Hall Bird Garden near Leeds LS25 3EB on Saturday April 26th at 1:00 pm, in the education room near the curator’s office. No booking necessary, admission at the gate £5, concessions £4, children £2.50, including entry to the house, gardens and estate. Opening hours 10:00-5:00 (estate ... (Read More...)