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Exhibition budgie type

Exhibition budgie typeRapid advances were being made in improvement of the original type of budgerigar; whereas the wild type; the original green of the Australian plains, was usually small, weedy and failing in head quality, these features had been improved upon to such an extent that anyone viewing the two types side by side would be hard put to it to believe that the present-day bird had been evolved from the undersized, sombre original. Particularly was this so when some of the new colour varieties, cobalts, greywings, cinnamons, buttercup yellows and albinos were placed alongside.

It says much for the skill of the British breeder that such wide variety occurred since it was mainly in the establishments of British breeders that improvement was effected, that new colours originated and became established a distinct varieties and improved upon.

With this improvement and production of new colours there grew an increase in the status of the bird as an exhibition variety; the numbers of classes at shows increased to cope with increase in production. Birds of superior quality were bred and these naturally gained awards over inferior birds. There was an urge to improve and in the British radition much pioneering work began; a scientific committee was set up to correlate findings and this, with research work carried out by German scientific observers, established a system whereby accurate predictions of results from various matings could be made.

Lists were drawn up and issued with reasonable assurance that certain results would accrue. He could mate together a blue-coloured bird with a green blue of the opposite sex and expect to get blue-coloured and green-coloured birds in approximately equal proportions. By mating a blue bird with a cobalt bird he knew he should get blues and cobalts in equal numbers. This equality of numbers naturally holds good only over a large number of matings but in each mating of blue and cobalt one expects to get some blue birds and some cobalis.

With this increase in knowledge of how colour varieties could be produced there came, as already stated, an improvement in the quality of the individual; the birds became larger; heads became bolder in contour; colour became brighter and the throat spots increased in size and became more uniformly good.

With this improvement the Budgerigar Society drafted a Scale of Points and a written description of the ideal in each colour variety. These were for the guidance of breeders and not for use by judges. These descriptions, with the scale of points, affords an accurate guide as to the relative values of certain features; size is given a certain number, head quality a number, spots another number, the total adding up to 100.

It will be seen from this that the exhibition has been placed on sure foundations and those taking up the hobby can be of accurate guidance. There is room for improvement but there is no disputing the fact that, despite war and all its risks, feeding under war-time restrictions, the budgerigar has moved up a step, that of all nations where budgerigar breeding is practised, none has equalled the British in general excellence of stock; the British budgerigar stands supreme and it is unlikely that its pre-eminence will be disputed for many years.

The Continent of Europe has been denuded of stock and supplies must come from these islands; it is up to breeders to still further improve what they have, to increase production and so help their Continental fellow fanciers and, of course, at the same time help themselves.

There is a great future for the budgerigar now that normal feeding-stuffs are available, in fact, the demand far exceeds the supply. For breeders of exhibition birds there are many lucrative years ahead.