Budgie Bulletin March 1st 2024


BCSA Budgie Bulletin: Weekly Wrap & Look Ahead

Welcome to This Week’s Budgie Bulletin!Welcome to this week’s Budgie Bulletin! Last Friday evening, our BCSA meeting convened with the committee, sparking vibrant discussions about the upcoming Budgie Fest 2024. We’re thrilled to announce that Budgie Fest is officially scheduled for Saturday, October 26th, 2024! In the coming weeks, we will be formalising that, including potential partnership packages. Last year our sponsors got their brand in front of over 800 attendees at Budgie Fest. According to our friends at Media Stable, television, radio, newspaper and digital media coverage reached over 750,000 people local here in South Australia and across the country. The event garnered the support and endorsement of prominent local personalities, such as David Penberthy of FIVEaa, Will McDonald of Nine News, and Ali Clarke of Mix 102.3, who championed the event’s unique family-oriented appeal.

In 2024 we are aiming to increase the exposure, with the event set to be bigger than before. The foundations have been laid and the interest is high. If you are aware of any businesses that you think the BCSA should approach with an intent to partner with purpose in the local community, please let us know. Support is the cornerstone upon which the continued success of events such as Budgie Fest, and the broader mission of our Council, rests.

This week, our flagship publication, Chatter, hit the shelves bursting with fresh content. Hot off the press yesterday, hard copies will soon grace the mailboxes of our loyal subscribers. If you believe you have subscribed to the hard copy, and haven’t received it by the end of next week, please be sure to reach out and let us know, so that there are no teething issues with our new distribution. Subscriptions can still be purchased using the link within this bulletin.

In other updates, keep an eye out for an upcoming notice regarding a special general meeting vote. Our BCSA constitution currently restricts transactions to cash or cheque only, but with People’s Choice Credit Union phasing out cheques, we’re transitioning to an electronic banking platform while ensuring the security of two signatories or approvers. We apologise that this can’t be done at the AGM, but we’ll likely well and truly run out of cheques before that date.

In auction news, three exciting new auctions have launched this week: BSSA Auction 5, the Glenn Sinclair Auction, and the Mal Lawn & John Boss combined auction. There is also the upcoming Mini Auction in SQ, which was featured in previous weeks. Plenty of varieties are available and on offer.

The Nationals’ fundraising efforts for the BCT will conclude with the draw for Raffle 2 this weekend, happening on Saturday. For anyone keen on last minute tickets, be sure to use the link further down in this bulletin.

In other interstate news, the BCV are holding their Adult Bird shield this weekend on Sunday March 3rd. For anyone keen to get over and see some of the best birds in the country, the event will be held in Melton.

And mark your calendars! Our affiliate club monthly meetings kick off next week, featuring the BSSA hosting David Pace at Unley Community Centre. For those unfamiliar, David is an esteemed speaker and aviculturist. He’ll be sharing insights from his recent journey to Bird Paradise in Singapore. Additionally, don’t miss the mini-show highlighting lutinos and albinos, accompanied by fantastic bird of the night trophies procured by the BSSA.


Budgie Auctions & Sales

Online and In-Person Auctions are back in full swing with BSSA Online Auction #5, the Glenn Sinclair auction, and Mal Lawn/John Boss, as well as 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:


  • Glenn Sinclair Online Auction:  Winner of the Lacewing Class at the 2024 Nationals, Glenn Sinclair has made available several quality 2023 rung birds. Don’t miss out on this limited-time event, concluding on March 3, 2024, at 7:30 PM AEDT.


  • Mal Lawn/John Boss Online Auction:  This auction features 15 premium budgerigars, showcasing a diverse range of varieties such as Dilutes, Normal Dark and Light Greens, Grey Greens, Spangles, and Spangle Double Factors.


  • 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

The following meetings are scheduled for March, with the BSSA event kicking things off next week:

  • 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: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 on Saturday March 16th.


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

Looking forward to seeing many of you in person over the next fortnight.

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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