PRETTY BOY: Terry White of Redbank Plains with his nine-year-old pet cockatoo Casper.
PRETTY BOY: Terry White of Redbank Plains with his nine-year-old pet cockatoo Casper. David Nielsen

Fine feathered friends flock together at expo

IF IT has a beak and feathers, there's a good chance you'll find it at the 14th annual Ipswich Festival of Feathers Bird Spectacular.

Since kicking off in 2000, the Bird Spectacular has built a solid reputation among feather fanciers across the country, attracting more than 1000 paying visitors last year, which didn't include all the under-16s who got in for free.

Co-ordinator Barney Hackney said the event was run by bird enthusiasts, for bird enthusiasts.

"This is definitely a unique event. In fact it is the only one of its kind and one of only five in Australia," Mr Hackney said.

"We should have more than 1000 birds on display with exhibitors coming in from Bundaberg, Gympie, Grafton, Tenterfield and Gunnedah."

A vast variety of budgies, parrots, doves, canaries, finches and pigeons will be on display and for sale at the Ipswich Showgrounds' Main Exhibition Hall next Sunday.

Ipswich Cr Bruce Casos said council had supported the event since 2007 and it was the only regional event that offered a diverse variety of birds on display.

The spectacular is also a fundraiser, with Riverview group, the Cuppa Club, donating profits.

Admission is $3 and free for under 16s. For further information contact Mr Hackney on 3294 6484.


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