The Ornithea in Cologne, Germany
On Friday, 30th October the show was visited by some 800 primary and secondary pupils from the area
The Ornithea in Cologne, Germany, at the end of last month went well. This unique show had fewer aviaries and birds than last year, which meant it was less crowded in the gangways. On Friday, 30th October the show was visited by some 800 primary and secondary pupils from the area. As well as seeing exotic and native birds - all aviary-bred - in natural settings close-up, they had the opportunity to ask the club members detailed questions about the birds. Among the birds were rarities such as Bali Starlings (Leucopsar rothschildi). A German breeder has successfully bred more than exist in the wild now and it hoped that a re-introduction programme can be set up once the species' protection in the wild can be assured. Altogether some 2,000 adult visitors came to the show over the three days it was on, most at the weekend. There were, of course, many amateur photographers and interestingly many of the school children returning with their parents.