About Feathering Crest Aviary
Welcome to Feathering Crest Aviary! My name is Pat Tucker and I have been a serious student of Aviculture for most of my adult life, focusing on Psittacines.
On a Personal Note......
I met my first parrot in 1973 when my sister gave me a Peachface Lovebird as a gift. She brought him to me in a small cage and handed me a bag of sunflower seeds, saying proudly, "This is what they eat." He was a parent-raised, sexually mature, unclipped bird. I named him Bernie. A few days later, after he had settled into his new environment, I opened up the cage. He promptly climbed out and began to fly around the room. I put up my arm; he landed on it, ran up to my shoulder and bit my ear....HARD! I Immediately began to buy and read all the books I could find, learned about bird behavior, proper nutrition, provided a larger cage, toys, and lots of love and patience. Bernie was a wonderful companion for 25 years, and was the beginning of my love affair with parrots. I still miss him.
In 1978, when Bernie was 5 years old, I married my husband, David. Bernie adored him and the feeling was mutual. One day, David came home with news of a bird show being held in the next town. We brought Bernie to the show and entered him. He was always a fully flighted bird and with his new diet, a very robust specimen of his species. However, what was to happen that day far exceeded my wildest expectations. He won his class, then his section, then Best Lovebird in the Division. After that, he went on to win 3rd Supreme Best- in-show. Needless-to-say, I was hooked!
That very day I joined the local bird club that ran the show, met other bird fanciers, and became involved in local aviculture. It was then that I met my first cockatiels. Two years later, Feathering Crest Aviary was 'hatched' with the purchase of 3 breeding pairs.
A native of New England, Pat Tucker has been a serious student of aviculture since 1980, specializing in Psittacines, and is considered a leader in her chosen field. Her breeding experience has produced numerous top bench awards in Cockatiels, Parrots, and Lovebirds in the Northeast, reflecting her focus on quality breeding practices for each species.
After many years breeding Cockatiels, Cockatoos, Conures, Macaws, African Greys, Senegals, Bourkes, and Lovebirds, Pat renewed her focus exclusively to the breeding of exhibition quality cockatiels in 1996. Since that time, she has distinguished herself on the show benc with a high National Ranking each year including the Top Exhibitor's Award in 2002. Through this process, she has earned Champion and Grand champion status for many of her birds, which are recognized through the United States for their exceptional quality. Pat became an accredited National Cockatiel Society Judge in 2006.
In 2005, Pat added the Queen of Bavaria Conure (an endangered species also known as the Golden Conure) to her breeding program and has produced many beautiful offspring, 2 of which she is exhibiting locally on the Society of Parrot Breeders & Exhibitors (SPBE) bench. In 1992, she was awarded a Breeding Academy Award by SPBE, which is the highest breeding award ever given out by the Society. In 2009, she added 2 St. Thomas Conures, 2 Black Capped Conures, and 2 Red Bellied Parrots to her show team, and expects to be showing often at SPBE shows in New England. Pat became an accredited SPBE Judge in 2009.
An advocate of organized aviculture, Pat has been a member of the American Federation for Aviculture, National Cockatiel Society, Society of Parrot Breeders & Exhibitors, African Love Bird Society, Mid-Atlantic Cockatiel Breeders & Exhibitors, and is a co-founder of New England Cockatiel Breeders & Exhibitors. In addition, she has been active in numerous local clubs and societies throughout her 30 years as an aviculturist. She has been an avid writer on all facets of parrot husbandry, having been published in local and national specialty publications. Her extensive study and practical experience has resulted in peer recognition by fellow aviculturists throughout the country.
On a more personal note, Pat proudly shares her life with 12 beloved pet birds: 2 Umbrella Cockatoos, 3 Love Birds, 2 Cockatiels, 1 Sun Conure, 2 Golden Conures, 1 Brown Headed Parrot, and 1 Blue Fronted Amazon. She frequently describes them as 'her feathered children', and shares them through church, school, and community events to educate the public on the proper care of pet birds.