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The one that got away

BOB BAGGS looks at selling birds and explains why he regrets one particular decision to part with a bird close to his heart

Bob’s wife Nancy with chattering Charlie

HAVE you ever parted with a bird and then for evermore regretted it? Well, I have, particularly on one occasion.

Most of us who have bred domesticated types such as budgies or canaries have sold a bird at some time, only to find later on that it has developed into a far better show bird than some of those you have retained. One such incident that sticks in my mind was when I let a friend have a nice three-parts-dark Gloster canary hen for a nominal sum once. Paired to one of his cock birds the following year it produced, among a number of excellent offspring, a clear bodied dark corona cock bird that was judged best novice Gloster at the National Exhibition. I consoled myself by thinking I’d helped him win it, but boy I wish I’d kept that bird.

To buy or not to buy?
My biggest regret all started when a young man I knew was strapped for cash and he asked me if I would buy his chattering lory. At first I declined his offer, and although his asking price was very reasonable, I felt that keeping a lory simply as a pet in a cage was not really acceptable.

A week or so later I happened to walk past the young man’s house, and on a table on a lawn in the shade I noticed the chattering lory. The young man had assured me that it was a male, it was in immaculate condition and seemed quite at home in the typical parrot cage. Smitten by the bird’s beautifully coloured plumage, and its friendliness, I relented and bought it

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Blue-crowned hanging parrots

BILL NAYLOR speaks up for a fascinating little psittacid, which looks normal, but roosts upside down like a bat. And that’s only the start of this delightful bird’s charms

The blue-crowned is native to mainland South-East Asia, but many of its relatives are island specialists

THE sapphire-crowned, or as it is more commonly known, the blue-crowned hanging parrot (Loriculus galgulas), is one of the best-known of the 13 species of hanging parrots, which occupy the genus Loriculus.

In fact, the blue-crowned hanging parrot could justifiably be called the crimson-throated, since the male’s bright red bib is just as eye-catching as its blue crown, or its red rump. These vivid markings, along with its predominantly bright green plumage, make for a stunningly attractive bird. The hen lacks the red bib and the crown has less blue. There is no significant geographical variation.

Hanging parrots are mainly fruit- and nectar-eaters and are usually considered closely related to fig parrots, but DNA analysis suggests that they have a closer affinity to lovebirds.

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A bird I met at school

PHIL MEAD recommends the charming canary-winged parakeet and explains why it was love at first sight for him

Canary-winged: nice looks, shame about the screech

My first encounter with the beautiful and endearing canary-winged parakeet (Brotogeris versicolurus chiriri) came when I was at school. A classmate gave a talk on his pet, and it was so tame, friendly and entertaining that I resolved to keep the species one day. When the chance came I bought a pair.  

They were just as delightful as the one I’d seen in the classroom, and most striking in the long aviary where I placed them. They did have loud voices, though, and would scream (apparently with joy) every time they took flight. (This goes to show, of course, that you should always research species thoroughly before buying.) Apart from that, they were terrific aviary birds.

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