FOR THE BIRDS: Terry White and his winning peachface bird.
FOR THE BIRDS: Terry White and his winning peachface bird. Andrew Korner And Claudia Baxter

Bird section of show draws large crowds

THERE were pretty peach-faces, frolicking finches, delicate doves and everything in between at the caged bird section of the Ipswich Show.

It may appear to be an aging old shabby pavilion from the outside, but the inside of the bird barn was a festival of colour and chirping from more than 300 entries for the duration of the weekend.

Competition is always stiff in the ever-popular caged bird show, with categories for canaries, budgerigars, finches, parrots, peachfaces, lovebirds and doves.

Judging was conducted early Friday, with lovebird section steward Terry White taking out this year's featured category with his champion peachface.

With so many good-looking birds on display, Mr White said the key to producing a stand-out was in careful breeding and then meticulous training.

"The Ipswich Show has one of the best bird shows going around," Mr White said.

"There is a points schedule that the judges learn - things like the head, the tail, the wings - you get points for each part.

"It's all a matter of breeding them right, then training them to sit right in the cage.

"They have got to behave themselves right because if they sit on the floor instead of the perch, they won't win."

Hundreds of bird lovers will flock back to the city again in three weeks' time, when the Bird Spectacular is staged at the showgrounds.


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