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Tweet success for budgie breeder

Posted on : 12 April 2017

Written by: Wendy John

At NSW beaches ‘budgie smuggler’ swimwear has become an Aussie icon.  But Mr James Matthews, budgerigar breeder, admits he hasn’t worn a pair since his childhood in Tamworth.

Now a St. Clair local, Mr Matthews swept the Budgerigar category winning Grand Champion, Reserve Grand Champion, Grand Champion Colour Budgerigar and Champion Old Bird Colour budgerigar. 

Despite being a member of the Budgerigar Society of NSW for over 35 years, Mr Matthews has only entered the Royal Sydney Show the last four years and has won three out of four times.  But he says it’s worth it.

“When you tell people at work that you won at other bird shows they say ‘Oh yeah’ but when you say you won at the Royal Sydney Easter Show they go, ‘’Oh WOW’,” said Mr Matthews.

Budgerigars are native to Australia and traditionally breed in spring and autumn but with Mr Matthews' climate controlled aviary the labour intensive breeding season is almost year round.

Ms Pam Hewitt, Mr Matthews partner, doesn’t mind the time Mr Matthews spends with his prize-winning budgerigars.  Ms Hewitt is also a ‘bird of a feather’ breeding chicken and ducks.  

“We extend each other’s hobbies,” she said.  But it’s the budgies that win out for Mr Matthews.

“I’ve had other birds but I just gravitate more to budgerigars.  They have a boof head like mine,” he joked.