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In every issue of The AFA Watchbird you’ll find fascinating articles from experts in all aspects of Aviculture. You’ll also find resources to help you and your birds with products and services and of course beautiful photos from around the world. And, in our special issue following our yearly convention, you’ll also find a recap of the convention; it’s the next best thing to being there yourself! Be sure to keep an eye on The AFA Watchbird, your news source Aviculture and The American Federation of Aviculture Inc.

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Current Issue of the AFA Watchbird Journal April 2023


Looking for past issues of the AFA Watchbird Journal? Researching a certain species, methodology, husbandry practice? Check out the digital library of past AFA Watchbird Journals. A searchable database of avicultural articles dating back to 1974.  The creation of our digital archive was supported by the Texas A&M University Schubot Center for Avian Health.

Schubot Center—a new name and logo! - Schubot Center for Avian Health

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