Michael Greber, of Casino, with his dominant pied budgie, which was named Australia’s champion dominant pied bird at the Australian Budgerigar Championships.
Michael Greber, of Casino, with his dominant pied budgie, which was named Australia’s champion dominant pied bird at the Australian Budgerigar Championships.

Birds top nations pecking order

CASINO'S budgerigars have once again proven themselves to be little champions.

Following on last year's success at the Australian Budgerigar Championships, birds owned by Casino budgie enthusiasts havereturned from this year's titles with a swag of medals.

Casino budgie owners won two championship titles at last year's event.

This year a bird owned by first-time Australian championship contestant Mick Greber was named Australia's champion dominant pied bird.

Birds owned by long-time and highly respected budgerigar breeder Bob Smith, of Casino, won reserve champion in the spangled class and placed third in the sky blue and opaline classes.

According to long-time budgie breeder and member of the Richmond River Budgerigar Club, Rex Clarke, the results proved “some of the best birds in Australia are floating around the Casino area”.

“To even get a bird to qualify for the Australian championships is quite a major achievement,” Mr Clarke said.

“But for local breeders to win or place highly in their classes says a lot about the quality of birds in this area. Some are worth more than $2000.”



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