The Avicultural Society

Founded in 1894

President: Mike Curzon MBE

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. 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

Exciting new Summer Event in Hestercombe's glorious gardens.

The first of a series of regional summer social meetings hosted by The Avicultural Society is to be held in Somerset at Hestercombe Gardens [] on Sunday 17th July 2022. Hestercombe has 50 acres of gardens, although no birds, and is situated 3 miles north of Taunton, just 15 minutes off Junction 25 of the M5.  The […] (Read More...)


From the Chairman A Curious Story about Keeping and Breeding Blackcap Turdoides reinwardtii and Northern Pied T. hypoleuca Babblers The Natural and Unnatural History of the Yellow-faced Siskin Spinus yarrellii Community Engagement Projects for Bali Mynas Leucospar rothschildi A New Way of Hand Rearing Chilean Flamingos Phoenicopterus chilensis The European Turtle Dove Streptopelia turtur Keeping […] (Read More...)


From the Chairman The Natural and Unnatural History of the Quail Finch (Ortigospiza Species) A Dirty Little Secret Review: The Penguin Lessons Loro Parque Foundation Celebrates is 25th Anniversay with a Record Amount Dedicated to Conservation Projects in 2020 ‘World’s Rarest Duck’ Breeds in the Wild John Mollindinia 1921-2020 Birdlife in the Seychelles Birdlife of […] (Read More...)

Avicultural Society - 2020 events - cancelled

The events provisionally organised for this autumn have now been cancelled or postponed. Larger events we planned to attend have been cancelled, and for the autumn social we have taken the decision to cancel in order to ensure the safety of members and hosts, and considering the likelihood that attendance would be low if the […] (Read More...)


From the Chairman Study of the Carrying Capacity of an Aviary to Establish a Breeding Flock of Scarlet Macaw Ara macao cyanopterus at Xcaret Eco Park, Quintana Roo, Mexico The Society in WWII Beija-Flores Do Brasil (Hummingbirds Of Brazil) Review Obituaries: Dick Jaquest & Christopher Marler Medals Awarded Provisional Diary Dates (Read More...)