Budgie Bulletin Feb 23rd 2024


BCSA Budgie Bulletin: Weekly Wrap & Look Ahead

Welcome to This Week’s Budgie Bulletin!In the vibrant world of budgerigar enthusiasts, activities are bustling even without formal club gatherings this past week. This Sunday witnessed a strategic assembly of the United Bird Societies of South Australia (UBSSA). The focus was on the eagerly anticipated Pet Expo in July, where the UBSSA is spearheading the organisation of the South Australian bird clubs to have a significant collective presence. With an expansive 18 x 3-metre stand proposed, the goal is to showcase the joy of aviculture, featuring a coalition of 12 South Australian bird clubs. The initiative likely includes distributing tote bags adorned with club logos and exhibiting a variety of hand-raised birds, amongst other things. Given last year’s impressive turnout of 10,000 attendees over two days, this event promises to be an excellent platform for enthusiasts to connect and share their passion for birds, as well as a great growth opportunity for the hobby.

In other news, the Australian National Budgerigar Council (ANBC) convened on Monday evening, with South Australia represented by two delegates and a Colours and Standards liaison. The meeting was marked by constructive discussions and notable decisions, including the simplification of The Standard by reducing the representation from three flecked birds to a single one to eliminate confusion. The inclusion of the Rainbow variety in the ANBC standard received approval, and the BCSA AOSV Discussion Paper was supported, setting the stage for a motion at the next ANBC assembly in April 2024. Additional topics of interest included ring thickness, the prospects of live streaming and its promotional implications into the future, and the proposal for a Melanistic Spangle workshop in Launceston. To that end, the ANBC has also made a call for each state to contribute three Melanistic Spangles to the Nationals team for assessment and discussion by the Colours and Standards committee. This won’t be an exhibition class as such – just three representations of the variety per state, so that there are 21 birds to review.

A full copy of the ANBC Meeting Minutes can be read on the BCSA webpage using the link below:


Later this evening, we will also have our quarterly BCSA meeting, where we will discuss our growth strategy for 2024, our new look carers shirts, Budgie Fest, as well as prepare for our 2024 Logan Shield and Annual Auctions.

In other announcements, the North East is delighted to present Graeme Goodings as the esteemed keynote speaker for the Club’s grand 50th anniversary celebration. Scheduled for April 10th, this event promises to be a memorable evening. Guests will be treated to an engaging narrative by Graeme, who will guide us through the significant milestones and events that have left a lasting impact on South Australia over the last half-century.

Admission to the celebration is complimentary, and it will feature a special historical Almanac, chronicling the events and shows that have been pivotal in the North East’s development. Attendees will also enjoy wood-fired pizza, adding a delicious touch to the evening. The North East warmly extends this invitation to both past and current NEBS members, as well as prospective members and our friends from the BSSA and Port Pirie clubs. NEBS are eager to welcome as many of the South Australian budgerigar community as possible to join them in commemorating this remarkable milestone, so mark your diaries now.

A flyer for the event is below:

We’re excited to announce that our latest quarterly issue of Chatter Magazine will be released next week. For subscribers who have opted for a printed version, please keep an eye on your mailbox for its arrival. If you haven’t yet subscribed but are interested in receiving a keepsake hard copy edition, it’s not too late to sign up. You can subscribe to the hard copy online by following the link provided below:


Budgie Auctions & Sales

Online and In-Person Auctions are back in full swing with BSSA Online Auction #4, as well as the previously featured Leigh Downey Dispersal Sale hosted by United, which ends this evening, and the South Queensland Futures Mini Auction (17th March). Details and links to the catalogues are provided below:

  • BSSA Online Auctions: . Featured in this auction are exquisite birds from renowned enthusiasts including Marie & Kerry Murphy, George England, Ian & Gina Wise, and Stephen Wharton. Ends Sunday evening. Follow the link below for more details:


  • Leigh Downey Online Auction:  ENDING TONIGHT! The United Budgerigar Society is hosting a significant auction event, dedicated to supporting Leigh Downey as he steps away from the budgerigar breeding hobby for health reasons. Leigh’s expertise and dedication have led him to secure four national titles, a testament to his skill and commitment to budgerigar excellence.


  • South Queensland Futures Mini Auction (LIVE):  The SQ Futures Mini Auction for 2024 is to be held on Sunday 17th March at the Strathpine Community Hall, Mecklem St Strathpine. This mini auction features 23 lots from breeders such as Joel Keune, Gary Murray, Alan Kent, Bevan Mouritz, Geoff Russell, NHG Budgerigars, Garry & Helen Hibberd, Lucas Hendry, Boal Family, Trevor Broadbent, Garry Edwards, Steve Kilduff, Keevers & Hoskinson, Brian Crosbie, Graham Barlow and Brian Walters.


Club Calendar

As we take a look around the Clubs, the monthly meetings for each of the BSCA Affiliates are complete. The following meetings are scheduled for March:

  • BSSA Monthly Meeting: Join the BSSA on March 5th at the Unley Community Centre at 18 Arthur Street Unley @ 7.30pm. Back by popular demand – David Pace from the Avicultural Society of South Australia will be the guest presenter at our March meeting. David has just returned from an overseas trip and his presentation will be about his Travel Diary from Singapore and Cambodia.  Whilst in Singapore David visited “Bird Paradise”. Bird Paradise is an aviary located in Mandai, Singapore. Opened on 8 May 2023, it replaced the Jurong Bird Park and forms a part of the Mandai Wildlife Reserve, consisting of the Singapore Zoo, Night Safari and River Wonders and the upcoming Rainforest Wild Park. Bird Paradise covers approximately 17 hectares (42 acres), with larger and double the walk-in aviaries than the previous Jurong Bird Park.March Bird of The Night: – Lutino & Albino
    As we have spoken about previously, our members and visitors are keen to have birds at our monthly meetings.  To this end, the Committee have allocated varieties to each month.  We start in March with the Lutino and Albino varieties, so the call is being put out to all our members who have these varieties to bring some along for the Show on the evening. Our normal show rules and hot weather policy will apply. There is no entry fee for our Meeting Shows.

    Please don’t leave this to the last minute – plan your entries ahead of time so its easy on the day.

    RSVP your interest using the Facebook event link below:


  • North East Monthly Meeting:  Get Ready for a Night of Discovery and Connection!Mark your calendars for March 13th because you’re invited to an exhilarating evening unlike any other – our Novice Pairing Night! This is your golden opportunity, especially for Novice breeders, to step into the spotlight with your feathered friends in tow.

    Imagine a gathering where you can showcase your birds, share your pairing plans, or seek invaluable insights from the masters of breeding. Yes, that’s right! We’re bridging the gap between novices and experts, creating a vibrant exchange of knowledge and experiences.

    But wait, there’s more! Our seasoned breeders aren’t just coming to observe; they’ll be bringing along their own birds to unravel the mysteries behind their successful pairings. Discover the ‘whys’ and ‘hows’ of their choices, with live examples flapping right before your eyes. This is a rare chance to see theory transformed into beautiful, living art.

    And the cherry on top? A deep dive into the fascinating world of colour and variety genetics. Whether you’re a budding breeder or a seasoned veteran, there’s always something new to learn, and what better way than through hands-on, interactive discussions?

    This isn’t just a meeting; it’s a journey into the heart of budgerigar breeding, where every bird tells a story, and every pairing opens the door to endless possibilities. Let’s come together to share, learn, and grow in our passion for these wonderful creatures.

    When: Wednesday March 13th, 7:30 PM
    Where: LeHunte Street, Kilburn
    Theme: Novice Pairing Night

    Bring your birds, bring your curiosity, and most importantly, bring your passion for breeding. This could be the night that sparks a new direction in your breeding journey or deepens your understanding of the intricate dance of genetics.

    Let’s make this night unforgettable. See you there!


  • Port Pirie Club: Mark your calendars for mid-March for a meeting and aviary tour at Doug & Ruth Lange’s place on the Yorke Peninsula. Visit the Port Pirie Facebook group for all the latest information on What’s On. Starts at 11 AM in Maitland.


ANBC Nationals Spotlight

  • Budgerigar Council of Tasmania Updates:
    Time is quickly running out! It’s essential to secure your place at the ANBC National titles. Please confirm your attendance by RSVPing through the link provided below:


  • Lucky Squares: Last Days for Raffle Bird #2Raffle #2 is drawing to a close! This time, you have the chance to win a Dominant Pied Opaline Light Green Hen with the ring number HOL 23/099.

    Raffle Details – Ticket Price: $10.00 each
    How to Purchase: Reach out to Dale Ward at 0488 400 369 or send an email to [email protected] with your ticket request and contact information.

    Don’t miss your chance to add this lovely hen to your aviary, all while supporting the BCT in bringing you an unforgettable show. Act now to secure your tickets – this is a unique opportunity to both support a great cause and potentially win a bird of outstanding quality and lineage.

    Good luck to all our participants!


In Closing

The recent flurry of budgie-related activities across South Australia has been nothing short of inspiring. Witnessing our budgie community rally together, bound by our collective affection for these lively and colorful creatures, truly underscores the richness and depth of our shared enthusiasm.

Our goal with this Budgie Bulletin extends beyond merely disseminating information; we envision it as a pivotal platform for sparking engagement and camaraderie among us all. Your input, feedback, and contributions are crucial, fueling our mission to celebrate and deepen our connection with budgies in ways that resonate deeply within our community.

Let’s keep the momentum going, fostering a dynamic, supportive, and enthusiastic budgie community, brightened by our common passion and commitment. Your active participation and zeal are the keystones that make this venture so fulfilling.

Until next week!

Show Dates for 2024 


  • Sunday, 7 April 2024, BSSA Murphy Classic, Westbourne Park Community Centre – 388 Goodwood Road Westbourne Park
  • Sunday, 5 May 2024, BSSA Stan Watson Breeder’s Show, Westbourne Park Community Centre – 388 Goodwood Road Westbourne Park
  • Saturday, 11 May 2024, PPBS Harry Johnson Young Bird Show, Crystal Brook Council Hall
  • Sunday, 12 May 2024, NEBS Lloyd Edwards Breeder Show,49 LeHunte St, Kilburn
  • Sunday, 19 May 2024, BCSA Logan Shield Interbranch, Enfield Community Centre, Regency Road, Enfield
  • Saturday, 25 May 2024, ANBC National Titles, Launceston, Tasmania
  • Sunday, 26 May 2024, ANBC National Titles, Launceston, Tasmania
  • Saturday, 22 June 2024, NEBS Fisher Annual Show, 49 LeHunte St, Kilburn
  • Sunday, 30 June 2024, PPBS Hutchinson’s Annual Show, Crystal Brook Council Hall
  • Sunday, 7 July 2024, BSSA Ron Norman Show, Westbourne Park Community Centre –388 Goodwood Road Westbourne Park
  • Saturday, 20 July 2024, BCSA Auction & AGM, Enfield Community Centre, Regency Road, Enfield
  • Sunday, 27 October 2024, BSSA/NEBS Interclub Nest Feather Challenge, Westbourne Park Community Centre – 388 Goodwood Road Westbourne Park






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