Bird lovers’ paradise

May 15, 2017

Mark Reynolds with a white bellied Caique.

The annual Goulburn Valley Bird Expo continues to soar to new heights as it gets ready to feature more than 1000 avian species.

The expo has been running for almost 30 years and features birds such as parrots, finches, quails, cockatoos, lorikeets and macaws.

Avicultural Society of Australia Goulburn Valley Branch president Mark Reynolds said it was amazing to see the event continue to grow in size and standard.

‘‘There will be over 100 sellers from Victoria, NSW and SA and a number of commercial sites selling everything you can think of from cages, pellets, seeds, leg rings, nesting logs and a full canteen for those that want a cuppa and cake,’’ he said.

‘‘One of the benefits of the sale is people get to see species of birds they wouldn’t see at a pet shop or zoo.’’

Mr Reynolds has always had a keen interest in birds and joined the Avicultural Society of Australia Goulburn Valley Branch in 1999.

The types of birds he cares for are conures and Asiatic parrots.

He said the expo would give people the chance to not only see different birds but also speak to Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning representatives about keeping wildlife.

The Goulburn Valley Bird Expo will be on Sunday, May 21 at the Multi Purpose Pavilion at the Shepparton Showgrounds.

Entry is $5 and free for school age children.

The commercial areas to buy bird cages and seed open at 9.30am and the bird sale and display starts at 11am and runs until 2pm.

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