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

120 Years of the Avicultural Magazine

This multiple issue completes 120 years of the Avicultural Magazine. To mark this milestone, the Avicultural Society is publishing an index for the whole of this period. The magazine itself is of course a fantastic resource, packed with information on the behaviour and husbandry of a wide range of birds, as well as ... (Read More...)

Society Trip to The Netherlands and Belgium – September 25 to 28, 2015

Please find attached details of the Society’s trip to The Netherlands and Belgium in September. This promises to be a fascinating weekend, with visits to a number of excellent private collections as well as the renowned Park Avifauna. Members from outside the UK are of course very welcome to join us. Please ... (Read More...)

The 2015 Raymond Sawyer Scholarship

Applications are now being accepted for the Raymond Sawyer Scholarship. Application deadline is Friday, June 26, 2015. More information is available here. (Read More...)