Presentation of BVA bird club

December 14th, 2015 | by LubosTomiska
Presentation of BVA bird club

In 1992 the idea was developed to start a specialized club for lovebird breeders and keepers (BVA agapornis club). This idea seemed interesting enough for about two hundred people, so the official starting date became November 1, 1992. The aims of the society are to unite all breeders of lovebirds and to promote the breeding and showing of these species, amongst others by publishing a bi-monthly magazine and by co-operating with national and foreign organizations striving for the same goal.

Our first show was held September 1993 already in a little village called Delle-Winksele (Belgium) 250 Lovebirds of various species could be admired. The first five years have not been easy. To run a club money is needed and funds were not always available. At certain times some Committee members took an extra job for a few nights to be able to pay for the printing of the next edition of the magazine. It has been worth the trouble however. We now have more than 4000 members all over the world.



By means of the bi-monthy magazine (colour print with plenty of photographs) we provide information about the various species and their colour mutations. More than one new colour mutation has been introduced to the world this way. This information aims at both the beginner and the experienced breeders of lovebirds. To keep our information up to date we co-operate with different societies from several countries and with breeders from Belgium and from abroad.

The club aims: to protect all types of lovebirds in nature and the importance of keeping the wild form in aviculture. To maintain the pure species in the future we want to encourage those who carry no ill hybridization, and especially not among the types of eye ring

Yet another important goal of BVA has become the defense of the interests of the Lovebird breeders and exhibitor. Upon the initial suggestions of BVA all Belgian and Dutch major national societies now use the same name for the same colour mutations. This of course makes it much easier for the individual exhibitor. Now even at a local bird show level lovebirds gets the attention as well as the name they deserve.  Since 1999, BVA has his own judges.  The BVA judges are judging on several international shows.



Many Agapornis species have been hybridized in the past. BVA wants to keep pure line of the wild forms. (c) Dominique Veeckmans


Our annual International Show has grown to become one of the largest (if not the largest) Lovebird Shows worldwide. Nowadays held in a larger location (St Paulus hall at Aalst, Belgium) last year more than 2600 birds were shown. Visitors came from as far away as Chili, China, Japan, Bahrein and South Africa. Our Show has become a “must” for the serious Lovebird breeders. For the people of the management board as well as for several members BVA has become much more than a hobby. It is a closely united circle of friends with one passion only: the genus Agapornis !

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