In this week's issue (August 27)

Want to breed top-quality canaries that will do well on the show bench? We have some handy tips on how you can boost your odds of achieving exhibition success.
We meet top Dutch budgerigar breeder Jac Cuyten.
Paul Cotton explains the essentials of purchasing healthy lovebirds.
Our weekly British bird file tells you everything you need to know about keeping, breeding and showing blackcaps.
Vet Brian Stockdale explains how and why birds can favour a gender bias, while vet Kevin Eatwell takes us through the diagnosis of a parrot that had gone very quiet and lost weight. 
Plus all the usual news, and show reports from across the UK and Eire.