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. 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

Beale Park Aviculturists’ Day August 4th

Avicultural Society members are invited to the Aviculturists’ Day at Beale Park in Berkshire on Sunday August 4th. This is a great opportunity to see a well-managed collection in pleasant surroundings, and meet members of our own and other societies – the Parrot Society, International Turaco Society and World Pheasant Association, and possibly other ... (Read More...)

Christopher Marler passed away July 6, 2019

We report with sadness the death of Christopher Marler, our President and former Chairman, on July 6th 2019 following a short illness. Christopher’s infectious enthusiasm for birds and other animals was entirely undimmed, and he conducted most of the day to day management of his varied collection of wild and domestic birds and cattle until ... (Read More...)

World Pheasant Association Avicultural Weekend

The Conservation Breeding Advisory Group (CBAG) annual Avicultural Weekend will be held in the dining room at Sudeley Castle & Gardens, Winchcombe, GL54 5JD on Saturday 9 February 2019. Details are available here. (Read More...)


From the Chairman Reeves’s Pheasants by Tom Blaas Loro Parque Foundation’s work helping to save nine species of parrots from extinction Breeding Green Catbirds at Featherdale Wildlife Park by Nick Atchison The world’s first captive breeding of the Azuero Conure Pyrrhura eisenmanni by Jacobo Lacs and Tony Silva The Ever-Changing World of Aviculture by Louise Peat Good news from WWT species ... (Read More...)

Raymond Sawyer Scholarship update

The Raymond Sawyer Scholarship for 2018 has been awarded to Arno Lapiere from Belgium. Arno is a private keeper whose main interest and experience is with small parrots. (Read More...)