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


From the Chairman The Loro Parque Foundation has achieved the reintroduction of six Tenerife born Endangered Lear’s Macaws Anodorhynchus leari to Brazil Launch of a State of the Art New Facility for the Threatened Southern Ground Hornbill Bucorvus leadbeateri, the Thunderbird Successful Captive Rearing of an Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus at Kalba Bird of Prey Centre, UAE by ... (Read More...)

Autumn Social at Exmoor Zoo

Please find attached the flyer for our next social event at Exmoor Zoo on Saturday 28th September. Please continue to RSVP and send lunch requirements to Simon Matthews as per the flyer, but also please note that we will require advance payment to ensure the correct number of lunches can be ordered and provided. Cheques, made ... (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...)