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

THE AVICULTURAL MAGAZINE Vol. 126 No. 1

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...)

Applications for the 2020 Raymond Sawyer Scholarship Now Open

See Raymond Saywer Scholarship for full details. Further details of other Avicultural Society programs are available here. Application for the Raymond Scholarship is available here. (Read More...)

Avicultural Society News April 2020

The latest society newletter is available here. (Read More...)

Society Trip 2020 to Czech Republic

This year’s society trip is to the Czech Republic. Visit the Praha Zoo, Zlin Zoo, Zoo Brno and the Exota Show in Olomouc. Details and booking information is available here. (Read More...)

THE AVICULTURAL MAGAZINE Vol. 125 No. 4

From the Chairman Breeding Scaly-Breasted Bulbuls Pycnonotus squamatus by Mrs. Gillian Sumner These ‘Eggs’ are Spying on Whooping Cranes Grus americana to Boost Survival by Janet McConnaughey Grebes in Aviculture by William Costa British Waterfowl Association’s Project Laysan Duck Keeping and Breeding the White-Breasted Woodswallow Artamus leucorynchus by Gary Bralsford The Spectacled Flowerpecker Dicaeum dayakorum […] (Read More...)

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