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

Raymond Sawyer Scholarship update

Applications have now closed for this year’s Raymond Sawyer Scholarship. We have received a healthy thirteen applications, mostly from the UK, but also from as far afield as the USA and Australia. The successful candidate will be announced here and in Cage & Aviary Birds as soon as the panel has reached a decision. (Read More...)

Latest Magazine – Update

The latest Avicultural Magazine includes articles on the Broad-billed Roller, Hypocolius, Leipzig Zoo and Featherdale Wildlife Park in Australia, along with profiles of Dr Roger Wilkinson and the late Buchanan ‘Scotty’ Scott. All members should now have received the magazine, and a notice about misprinted copies. Reprinting is now complete, and replacement magazines have been ... (Read More...)

Avicultural Society Trip 2018 – Update

There are a few places available for non-members to join the Avicutural Society’s trip to Scotland Sept 28th-Oct 1st 2018. On Friday we will travel by coach from Wiltshire, picking up on the M5 before visiting Robbie and Pauline Young’s varied collection of foreign birds in Cumbria, which includes bee-eaters among other rare and difficult ... (Read More...)

Latest Magazine Posted

The latest magazine, Volume 124 No. 1, has been posted. Due to a printing error, a small number of copies have pages 11 and 28 blank. We think the magazines posted are all fine, but if your copy is affected, please let us know and we will replace it. (Read More...)

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