31 July 2016

At the National Bird Show

After three months of events around New Zealand, the National Bird Show culminated this weekend in Feilding, not far from Palmerston North and — more importantly — the Pohangina Valley. Although dominated by seemingly innumerable varieties of canaries and budgerigars, the show also offered the chance to see many other types of birds: this gorgeous parakeet, for example.

Although I dislike seeing birds caged, I'll point out that the organisers had posted numerous signs explaining that most of these birds had been habituated to accept small show-cages and that the birds were usually housed in much larger aviaries.

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Zhoen said...

Our local aviary does a lot of rehab and teaching. Still, it is sad to see a bird caged.

Liz said...

A coy and blushing parakeet.

pohanginapete said...

Zhoen, in my (admittedly limited) experience of aviaries, many do do a lot of good work. I have mixed feelings about them.

Liz, some of the birds at the show were real posers.