About the TBC Inc.
Welcome to our site. The Thuringowa Bird Club is a non-profit organisation based in Townsville, Queensland.
Thuringowa Bird Club Inc. is your local (non-specialist) Avicultural Society.
The Club has been active in the promotion of bird keeping, in the local area, since March 1995 and is a social gathering of local aviculturists who have the common aim of sharing the joy and experience of keeping birds as a hobby.
For many members, the second half of the year is the busy time of year. Many species begin their breeding cycles in and around June with some closing the season as late as February / March. Of course there are some species that breed all year round filling the bird-keeper's calendar with many contrasts.
For details on what spieces members keep,breed etc, check out Members Birds & Services Page Link below.
Thuringowa Bird Club Inc. at a Glance
A Bit of Background
Club Meetings are held on the first Sunday of the month, January & September excepted. Meetings & Gatherings, are alternated monthly and are often held at member’s Aviaries. The formal part of the meeting is generally followed by some “bird talk” and/or a brief practical demonstration on some aspect of bird-keeping and of-course, provides the opportunity to view the host member’s collection.
The Club publishes a bi-monthly magazine “WINGS” which contains formal and topical information on the Club, local happenings and info on aviculture in general. Magazines from a number of other Clubs are received regularly and together with our extensive library, there is a wealth of information for both the novice and more experienced bird-keeper.
We have a wide membership and as well as local bird-keepers we have members from around North Qld,who attend meetings from time to time. At a time when some social organizations are floundering, our Club is prospering and that is a tribute to the members of our Club.
Members keep a very large variety of birds ranging from Australian and foreign Finches, Native Parrots, Lorikeets, Exotic Lorikeets and Lories, Cockatoos, Asiatics (Ringnecks etc), and Exotic Parrots (Conures etc). We have a wide range of collections that include the smaller suburban backyard setups through to extensive holdings on acreage allotments.
As well as the variety of birds kept there is a wealth of experience to be had from our members, some of whom have kept and bred birds for over twenty-five years. A number of our Members have given presentations at Avicultural Conventions and have also had articles on aviculture presented in publications such as the Parrot Society Of Australia magazine and Talking Birds.
We are also proactive in promoting hobbyist aviculture within the area, and the Club has, in the past, represented at the Riverway Festival, Local Pet Expo’s and we host an Annual Bird Sale, held in mid May each year. The Bird Sale is open, as a seller (T&C apply)or buyer, to both members of Regional/Local Avicultural Societies and the General Public. The 2019 Bird sale will be run as a Totally NON-Licensed Sale.
We venture out of town for a couple of our monthly meetings to catch up with our “out of towners”. We also visit other Bird Clubs in the NQ area, generally over a weekend and we also host w/end visits from other Clubs.
Other social activities include attendance at an annual Northern Avicultural Societies (NAS) “get together” that is held over a weekend in June of consecutive years. This event is hosted by one of the North Qld Bird Clubs, on a rotational basis and is a great opportunity for networking and aviary visits. Check out Up-coming Events.
Our Club is always well represented at these NAS get-togethers and good attendance is aided by our central location in the NAS district with the TBC Inc last hosted in 2010 and 2017.
The Thuringowa Bird Club celebrated its 20th Anniversary in 2015.
The Club is also very active on a Federal, State and Local Government front and we have contributed to a number of Government Consultative Committees. The Club has also been an active participant in Environment Protection Agency (EPA) consultative processes on a variety of aspects regarding the hobbyist bird-keeper, including Codes of Conduct and amendments to Wildlife Regulations.
We as a Club were also involved in the Drafting of Local Laws regarding the keeping of domestic birds for the former City of Thuringowa. An effort that was rewarded by Thuringowa having the most liberal and informed regulations in the State.
Due to the amalgamation of Thuringowa and Townsville Cities, these Local Laws were reviewed and our club had considerable input, in the updating of the local laws.
Our latest venture is this website. It’s a work in progress and hopefully will become a valuable asset to bird keepers in our region.
If you would like to know more about our Club, or just info on birds in general, you could contact us by email, post or phone, and you can just attend one of our meetings as our guest.
There is no obligation to join or become involved. Just click below to contact