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    EVEN AS THE Earl of Derby had fussed around a nesting hole in 1848, anticipating the emergence of the first budgerigars bred on British soil, bird fanciers across the Channel had been breathing down his neck.
    It was obvious that, if the birds could be bred where the market was, it would save a good deal of time, effort and money. Avian fatalities would be greatly reduced—and, possibly, even deaths of stressed wholesale buyers. Our expert contemporaneous chronicler Russ tells the sorry tale of a Mr Bolzani, who attempted the first wholesale import of budgerigars into Berlin in 1850. Bolzani was in London buying seashells, they also being quite the thing in the nineteenth century, when he was offered 500 pairs of birds just landed from Australia ‘cheaply’. Unfortunately, by the time he got them home all the birds had died ‘and he was unable to sell a single one’.
    By the end of the 1860s several large commercial breeding farms had been established on the Continent. The first of these was in Belgium where the Flemish were already well practised in canary breeding, having produced several cornerstone types from the Old Dutch variety over the course of a century.
    Canaries might be useful to save miners’ lives, but naturalist and founding member of the German Ornithological Society Dr Karl Bolle apparently believed the budgie could bring light to the whole working class.

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