Bird Talk

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Bird Talk
Editor Laura Doering
Categories Animal Magazine
Frequency Monthly
Publisher BowTie Inc.
First issue 1982
Final issue September 2012
Company BowTie Inc.
Country America
Language English
ISSN 0891-771X
OCLC number 607318848

Bird Talk was a monthly magazine for bird owners and enthusiasts published by BowTie Inc. Each issue had articles which are generally focused around a specific topic, as well as several regular features. The topics varied from bird care, training, behavior, and health to discussion of new products and bird food recipes or raising a colony of mealworms.[1]


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.[2] 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.[3] In November 2006, Bird Talk launched their website[4] 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 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.[5][6] An annual was published in 2014.[7]


  1. ^ Kilpatrick, James (December 7, 1990). "The killer words". The Item. 
  2. ^ "History of BIRD TALK Magazine". 
  3. ^ " Announces 'The World's First Bird Dance-Off". BowTie, Inc. (Press release). April 10, 2008. Retrieved July 22, 2008. 
  4. ^ "About BIRD TALK Annual Magazine and". 
  5. ^ "Official Announcement from the editor of BIRD TALK Magazine". 
  6. ^ Christine Haughney (August 12, 2012). "A Bird Magazine's Final Chirps in Print". The NY Times. Retrieved December 5, 2015. 
  7. ^ "BIRD TALK Annual Magazine". 

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