36 species of pigeons, turkeys, geese exhibited at Oman annual bird show
Oman Bird and Pet Association (Omanbpa) recently held the eighth Oman Annual Bird Show at the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Some 170 avian aficionados took part in the two-day event, said Ali al Bahlani, vice president of Omanbpa.
“The participants were residents and citizens as well as bird lovers from Gulf countries,” Bahlani told Muscat Daily.
“There were 36 species of fancy pigeons and poultry species such as turkeys and geese. Other birds such as canaries and 50 species of parrots were also on show,” he said.
The event, for the first time, also saw a dog show with 18 canines taking part.
“Our association is the only one in the Gulf recognised by a ministerial decision (68/2010). We are affiliated with the Ministry of Social Development.”
He added, “We aim to organise events such as bird exhibitions so that we can introduce people to the different types of pet birds. We also look to focus on methods of breeding, raising, treating and caring for birds.”
The association wants to change public perception regarding raising birds, he said. “We conduct various events to raise awareness among people.”
The association is also planning to have a large integrated headquarters, including a place to hold events and workshops and a place to provide veterinary services, Bahlani said.
“I advise all pet lovers to join the association. At present, we have 587 members.”