A stream of visitors have been flocking to London's Alexandra Palace this weekend (3,4,5 December) for the greatest bird show in Britain.
GV INTERIOR: Bird cages. (2 shots)
CU: "Charles" Hyacinthine Macaw parrot. (2 shots)
CU: Blue fronted Macaw parrot eating identity card
CU: Scarlet Macaws from Brazil.
CU: Hoopoe bird.
CU: Mynah bird whistling and performing.
CU: Yellow frilled canary.
CU: Grey Parrot from Africa with owner talking to bird. "He's won first prize for 11 years". (2 shots)
CU: Green parrot, watched by cat, saying "bye bye" and "ta ta". (3 shots)
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Background: A stream of visitors have been flocking to London's Alexandra Palace this weekend (3,4,5 December) for the greatest bird show in Britain. Thousands of the country's most elegant cage birds have come to roost in the Palace during the 33rd National Exhibition of Cage and Aviary Birds.
SYNOPSIS: The family favourites, budgies and canaries, have boosted the population of feathered friends on show. There's more than 1200 budgies and nearly 3300 canaries competing for top honours.
But with a price tag of GBP 1200 sterling (1992 U.S. dollars) Charles, a hyacinthine macaw from Brazil, thinks budgies at around a pound (one dollar 60 cents) a head, are dead common.
It's possible the judges will too; except they have their own classes.
This blue-fronted macaw parrot is one of the ungrateful flock in the Palace who gets tired of bird seed. He prefers a peck of paper, or another parrot, or maybe an unobliging judge.
This is a hoopoe bird which according to reliable sources lives on insects, fruit and nectar and is classified as definitely being larger than a Pekin Robin.
This mynah bird is one of the noisier birds on show. It does not only twitter, chirp and cheep but has been known to talk. It includes the word 'hello' in its interesting but on the whole limited vocabulary.
This little bird is no ordinary canary. No, it's an adult hen frilled canary. It is not one of the most exotic of the 7378 birds on show.
Of course this exhibition cannot be dismissed as just being for the birds. The owners enjoy it just as much as the entrants.
Mistakes can be made and someone made one of the worst by letting their cat loose among the canaries, or in this case green parrots. But no-one seems to mind too much. The event is hailed by its promoters as major importance to "Europe's growing multitude of bird breeders and fanciers".