Bird Talk is a monthly magazine for bird owners and enthusiasts published by BowTie Inc. Each issue has articles which are generally focused around a specific topic, as well as several regular features. The topics vary from bird care, training, behavior, and health to discussion of new products and bird food recipes or raising a colony of mealworms.
Thomas A. Bell published the first issue of Bird Talk magazine in 1982. The "Fledgling Editor" was Dave Bonnot. The "Fledgling Art Director" was Dianne Shannon. The fledgling magazine experienced publishing issues which forced its sale. The publisher offered Bird Talk magazine to Fancy Publications, a small publishing company, which also published Dog Fancy, Cat Fancy and Horse Fancy magazines. Under Fancy Publications, Bird Talk was redesigned and published, in April 1984, with a new focus to provide bird care information to pet bird owners. The redesigned issued introduced new columns including Watch the Birdie and Causes and Cures. Its motto is Dedicated To Better Care For Pet Birds. The current editor Laura Doering, has worked for Bird Talk since 1998. In November 2006, Bird Talk launched their website BirdChannel.com. One of Bird Talk's recent features interactive contests was the World's First Bird Dance-Off, where bird owners sent in videos of their birds dancing and BirdChannel.com visitors voted on the Top Bird Dancer. ZuPreem sponsored the contest and Avian Fashions was the dance-off Official Outfitters. Bird Talk abruptly ceased publication with the September 2012 issue.