International Ornithological Association
Founder Member COM-UK

Affiliated to the Confederation Ornithologique Mondiale

2016 COM shows attended by IOA members.

The show of Acala de Guardaria held in Seville Spain was attended by two IOA members from Gibraltar, John Canepa and Manolo Suetta. Entry of birds for the show was 3480 which included colour, type and European fauna. It also hosted in conjunction with Northern Frill monographice with 400 birds benched and the Gloster Monographic with 780 birds benched. It took 14 COM judges to judge the type section.

2016 Gouden Ring Show, Belgium

The 2016 show was held on 3/4th Dec 2016 and attracted a record entry of 7300 birds from all of Europe, birds came from Holland, Belgium, France, Malta and United Kingdom. Alan Robinson and myself took 15 members birds ( a total of 170 birds) and were rewarded with a COM medal haul of 27. First, a big thanks to the show organisation for once again putting on a first class show and to all who took part in the show, some did not win but it’s the taking part which counts for me.

There were a few stars but for me the star of the show team has to be Neil Prentice who won 1 gold and 1 silver with his redpolls, not the biggest winner but he won gold with a redpoll out of a class of 47 birds, now that just takes some doing. A close runner up has to be first time exhibitor and novice breeder Rob Savage, he sent 10 birds and was rewarded with 2 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze with his Irish team. Donald Skinner-Reid from Scotland won 2 gold and 1 silver with his Gibso (another first). Gloster breeder Richard Lumley won 1 gold and 1 bronze with a Bullfinch Hen (first time), Richard Kendrew won 1 bronze with his glosters. Dave Shelbourne from Wales  and George Whitfield both won 1 bronze with their Fifes. Stacey Turner won 1 gold with his British birds and last but not least affiliated member Maurice O’Conner won 4 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze with his Irish Fancy. Super, a big thanks to all.

The 68th World Show

                           The 68th World Show will be held in Matosinhos,Portugal,open to the public 23rd Jan – until 26h Jan 2020.



                                             The 67th World Show will be held in Zwolle,Holland,open to the public 10th Jan until 13th Jan 2019.



The 65th World Show Mondial will be held in Almeria Spain.Open to the public 20-22 Jan 2017.

“Show Hall” Address: Palacio De Exposiciones Y Congresos De Aguadulce.



Avixira 2016

The IOA are pleased to be able to announce another show date which they will be taking members birds to in Europe, the show they will be attending for the first time is the Campeoonato Ornitologico International COM “Avixira 2016” which is held near Lisbon in Portugal. The date for the show is birds must be benched by 29th Oct. The two conveyors for this show are Willie McKay and Gary Mann and Gary will be doing all the entry forms and schedule’s cost per bird will be £5-00.We do not have the closing date for entries just yet.
For anyone needing more info please phone Gary: 01202 582059 or email: or contact Willie on 01501 741569.

Cartaz Avixira 2016

Cartaz Avixira 2016

Coach trip to 24th Gouden Ring Show

For 2016 the IOA committee has decided to once again take a coach trip to the 24th Gouden Ring Show held in Belgium.The format for this show will be different to other years with the possibly of a different Hotel and just a one night stay.What is proposed at this moment is leave the UK on Friday  2nd December and arrive at the Hotel around 5pm,then if any one wishes they can go to the show  and gain FREE entry to the show section as it is open to the public from 7-30 pm untill 10-00 pm,(please note the sales section does not open until Saturday).Then one full day at the show from 9-00 am until 5-00pm on the Saturday. After the show closes the coach will make its way back to the UK and arrive back in the UK early Sunday morning. This will result in a big money saving and members get home in daylight. One big down side is this year the coach will not be stopping at any tobacco/chocolate shop due to the incident which happened in 2015 when one person was caught at Dover by the customs people trying to smuggle into the UK tobacco which resulted in a large bill from the coach company for another driver plus the trouble to fellow passengers.

More info will be given out later. The new Hotel is only 10 mins ride from the show hall.

For more details please contact Alan Robinson, tel: 01226 286066 email:

64th World Show

The 64th World was held in 2016 – Matosinhos, Portugal.

The 64th World Show held in Matosinhos, Portugal will always be remembered for three very tragic events which happened. First as the IOA always tells the truth these sad facts have to be reported. First in December 2015 the President of the COM from the Southern Hemisphere Luis Beraldi from Brazil suddenly died at the age of 67 years old, he was a very good friend of myself and the IOA and will be greatly missed. In late December the President of the COM Salvatore Cirmi was rushed into hospital with a life threatening illness and was placed on a life support machine. Then, as if these were not too large blows to the show for some unknown reason the transport of the birds from Italy was changed and when the birds arrived at the show a number were found to be dead. No number of dead birds has been told by any one so how many birds were lost in the transport is unknown, to the breeders who lost birds we offer our condolence’s but also the effect it had on the conveyors from Italy was devastating some were in tears. (more…)

23rd Gouden Ring Show

The 23rd Gouden Ring Show how held on 5/6th Dec 2015 saw a record entry of 6800 birds  in total, and once again it was a super show. This year due to other organisations jumping on the band wagon of what the IOA has achieved in showing at this show there were four lots of conveyors taking birds from the UK and so to distance them selves the IOA officers Alan Robinson and Richard Lumley have decided to call their team, TEAM YORKSHIRE and so can only report on the members birds who showed under that banner. A total number of 17 members sent 210 birds and were rewarded with a wonderful medal haul, 14 COM Gold, 11 COM Silver and 7 COM Bronze. Just proving that North of Watford is were the best birds came from. The high light of the team was Darren Hadley with his Irish fancys he sent 1 stamm team and 8 single birds and was rewarded with 3 Gold, 4 Silver, 1 Bronze, in fact only one bird got nothing. But other first time winners were Mel Knaggs 1 Gold with a Pairisan Frill, Keith Bennett 2 Gold with his Irish, George Dial 1 Gold with a Satinet, Colin Patterson 1 Gold with a Kobalt, Stan Bolton 2 Gold with his lizards, Maurice O’Conner 4 Gold, 2 Silver, 2 Bronze with his Irish, Pornprapa Bolton 1 Silver, Georgina Bunting 1 Silver, Adam Kendall 1 Silver, Richard Kendrew 1 Silver, Willie McKay 1 Silver, 2 Bronze with his Fifes, Rob Bunting 1 Bronze and Donald Skinner-Reid 1 Bronze with his Scotts fancy. Just to prove how hard it is to win at this show both myself and Alan won nothing as did a few others but as I always say it’s taking part that is the most important thing and I thank every one who took the time to show and visit the show.

63rd World Show


The 63rd World show was held in Rosmalen, Holland from the 22/1/15 -25/1/15. Conveyors Richard Lumley and Chris Smith took a total number of birds from the UK of 187,with a few absent birds which would have seen a very good entry of 215 birds from 31 fully paid up IOA members, 3 NCA members and 1 from a affiliated society making a total of 35 exhibitors. Total number of birds entered for the show was 22,248 so a very good entry when you understand all the problems the show organisation had in the weeks leading up to the show are the out break of Bird Flu. Once again the standard of birds on show was of high quality and for COM-UK to win 10 Gold and 4 Silver was high praise indeed. The IOA feel that every one who partook was a winner with 6 first time exhibitors and as a thank you all IOA members were given a special Gold Pin badge, congratulations to all the medal winners but not every one can win from the IOA’s side its the partaking which counts.

22nd Gouden Ring Show

The 22nd Gouden Ring Show  was held on the 6/7th Dec 2014 in Roeselare, Belgium. It went ahead even though certain breeders in the UK were telling everybody that the show was off due to the out break of Bird Flu in Holland. The answer to why the show went on is in the place were the Bird flu was and it was in Holland NOT Belgium. A record total of 5760 birds were on show, the Belgium government would not allow the show hall to sell birds out so no dealers/members were at the show selling birds, but just to show how daft this idea was you could travel 10 mins drive from the show hall to a very well known dealer and purchase as many birds as you wanted and this is what a large number of breeders from the UK did.

Mondial 2014

Mondial 2014 was held in Bari, Italy. The world show website is

This is the COM-UK president with fellow members at the flag ceremony world show gala dinner Bari.