All aflutter for the birds

Gwen Wilkinson's canaries. Photo: Bruce Barnard.

What started with one budgie has bred, and it’s bred a lot.

Gwen Wilkinson from the Tauranga Bird Club says she grew up with a pet and that one bird has multiplied to more than 100.

“It’s just a hobby. As a child I had a pet budgie and it’s just grown from there. It’s quite rewarding to put two birds together and say: ‘hey, breed’ and see what comes of it.”

Gwen has moved from the budgies to canaries, and now breeds three different types of canary - lizard canaries, Gloucestershire canaries and red factor canaries which are not colour fed to enhance their colour, she says.

And Gwen’s birds – along with plenty of others – will be on show this weekend at the Tauranga Bird Club Show.

The show, held on April 29-30, will be at the Mount Sports Centre on the corner of Maunganui and Hull Rds.

Gwen says she’s looking forward to showing off her canaries and seeing what other birds are on display.

“We’re hoping people will get to see a lot of different birds – from the finches right through to the big guys and parrots.

“I’m actually really excited about this show, because it’s been so long since we had one, and I really thought it wouldn’t happen again so I’m really excited.

“I just hope the judges are nice to me with my enthusiasm.”

Doors will be open from 1-5pm on April 29 and 8.30am-1pm on April 30.

Tickets cost $3 for adults, $2 for children or $10 for the whole family. Pre-schoolers are free.

Colouring competition entrants are free, email

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