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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Parrots, Canaries, Finches and Other Pet Birds at the National Cage Bird Show

By Melissa Kauffman

Editorial Director, BowTie Incorporated

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(L to R) Bird Talk Publisher Craig Horowitz poses with Bird Talk associate editor Jessica Pineda and National Cage Bird Show President Gary Morgan. Morgan presented Bird Talk with a plaque for continued support of the National show.
Best in Show is one of my favorite movies. I find it hilarious. It helped put national dog shows on the map, or at least on our televisions. However, did you know there was a National Cage Bird Show? Held annually in November every year, this year Tulsa, Oklahoma hosted the event on November 19 through 21st.

Hundreds of birds compete for the Best in Show title, complete with a huge trophy sponsored by Higgins Premium Pet Foods.

There is also a vendor area where manufacturers and retailers can sell their pet bird products to pet bird enthusiasts and to the general public, which is also invited to the show.

Jessica Pineda, associate editor at Bird Talk magazine attended the event.

“The National Cage Bird Show is a great chance to see rare finches, canaries, softbills and parrots,” said Pineda. “The breeders of this show want to have the best birds in terms of feathering, song and stature. These shows are the perfect opportunity for breeders to share what tips and products produce the best birds.”

The winners of each division are placed on the top show bench. The awards are sponsored by Higgins Premium Pet Foods.
This year there were 20 different Divisions that the birds competed in:

  1. border canaries 
  2. finches and softbills
  3. gloster canaries
  4. parrots
  5. type canaries
  6. rares and eye-ring lovbirds
  7. old variety canaries
  8. peach-faced lovebirds
  9. Hartz canaries
  10. cockatiels
  11. fife canaries
  12. Avian behavioral consultant and book author Mattie Sue Athan cuddles a military macaw. The military won the pet bird largest bird category and the most loveable category. This year pet birds were exhibited for the first time.
    American singer canaries
  13. Stafford canaries
  14. roller canaries
  15. lipochrome colorbreed canaries
  16. Spanish timbrado canaries
  17. Melanin classic colorbreed canaries
  18. waterslager canaries
  19. melanin new color colorbreed canaries
  20. youth (for birds bred by bird breeders under 18)


Canaries make a great pet bird. As you can see from the division list, they play a huge roll at this show. Many retailers are unaware of all the different canary breeds.

By attending the National Cage Bird show, you not only get to see the best of the best canaries, finches, softbills and parrots, but you can meet the top bird breeders in the country.

I guarantee if you attend a National Cage Bird Show, you won’t soon forget all the different types of birds. You can see the catalog for the show at the National Cage Bird Show websiteClick here to see the winners of the show.

The judging setup. The birds are kept in small showing cages just for the judging, The audience watches as the judge assesses the group, explaining his assessment to the audience. There are no names on the cages, only numbers, so the judge has no idea who bred the bird.
Next year’s National Cage Bird Show will take place in Jacksonville, Fla.

I included some photos highlighting this year’s show. Enjoy!

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