The main goal of this site is to inform all bird lovers and to attract attention of new enthusiasts.
Here you can learn about coloured canaries, native birds of Europe, their hybrids and mules, as well as their breeding and showing. This is done in an effort to increase the level of ornithophily and to adjust the breeding to the standards of the leading European countries members of COM. Although this site is intended for professionals, beginners in bird breeding can find valuable information.
I am strongly against the illegal hunt of the native birds of the Europe. We together fight illegal hunt by breeding ringed birds!
If you share my opinion, I kindly invite all of you interested in any kind of cooperation to contact me without hesitation.
Welcome, once again,
Member of the Zagreb society for the protection and breeding of birds and fishes. The ring number: HR-2-U116 (old numbers: HR-001-071 - till year 2011, and HR-2-A-H2O - only for year 2012).
I was born in Dubrovnik, Croatia, in 1976 where I lived until 1995 when I started studying civil engineering at the Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Zagreb, Croatia. After graduation, I worked as a civil engineer for a short period of time. I have been employed at the Department for structures - Chair for metal structures, Faculty of Civil Engineering - Zagreb since 2001.
After completing my master and doctoral thesis in 2009 I obtained the academic doctoral degree in the civil engineering field within the scientific group related to the bearing structures. Currently, I am working as Associate Professor on the civil engineering tasks related to professional work, scientific research and education.
Before getting married to my wife Ivana, I took her to many ornithological exhibitions to test her opinion and attitude towards my 'dark' side. She has been my faithful companion ever since together with our beloved daughters Paula and Vita.
Without my family’s support and their understanding and sacrifice, my love for birds would be only a solitary pebble, pebble without meaning, in a vast mosaic of life.
Our home (house vs. aviary)- drawing of five-year daughter Paula
Birds: hobby, love or illness?
Although I often think about it, I am still not able to solve this dilemma. Most of the time I spend with my birds is great, except for the cleaning part which is boring. Moreover, I never regret the time which I spend with my birds. However, daily routine and social obligations do not often give me enough time to enjoy simply watching my birds. This is what I miss most! There is no material benefit and very often the spiritual one is in question. For example, why I am writing this right now, and why you are reading it ... By cutting the long story short, this is the story about how everything started and how it has developed over the time, so it is up to you to judge!
My brother Renato is to be “blamed” for the first bird I fell in love with. The bird was a pied canary hen that escaped from someone’s flat and my brother caught it in front of our home at Montovjerna, in my hometown Dubrovnik. During its ‘hunt’ my brother even argued with some elderly ladies since they were first to spot the bird. Nevertheless, thanks to my brother’s skills, he managed to catch it first. The canary hen lived 7-8 years and it occasionally laid one egg. I, being a boy of some 5-6 years, repeatedly kept her eggs, although nothing ever hatched from them. At that time I did not have the slightest clue that she needed a male in order to have the eggs fertilized.
My grandfather played a significant role in deepening my love for birds. He always had some assorted birds such as goldfinch, siskin or serin in the kitchen. We would often go to the city park Gradac to feed pigeons. Whenever I visited him, we would do the same: at 10 A.M. we crumbled the stale bread, and an hour later we were feeding the birds. My mother’s father was also a bird admirer. I remember that he had a respectable knowledge about the birds of Europe. When he was a box, he knew where to find the nest of any bird - at that time it was a children’s game.
When I became a little bit older, I met many birdmen from the City (of Dubrovnik). In the fall of 1988 I joined the Society for breeeding and protection of birds Dubrovnik. I was introduced to the society by Nikola (Nino) Cvjetković, who unfortunately passed away. He was an endlessly patient man, willing to educate a boring young kid as I was. I owe him a lot and I can say that he was the one who instilled love for the Linnet which I see as one of the most intriguing bird species. Definitely, late Nino made me leave the vicious circle of hunting and enter the breeding and competing circle. I can only thank ‘uncle’ Nino for the Linnet!
I spent a turbulent period from 1991 to 1995 in Dubrovnik. I managed to obtain the first significant breeding results on the balcony of the family flat. I mastered the breeding technique of canaries, but the quality of newly hatched birds was very, very low. However, this experience proved to be of crucial importance for my success at many competitions after Faculty. When I was a freshman, I had goldfinch in my student room and I “harassed” my childhood friend Z. Kusalo ,who was my roommate at that time. Later on, I had a few canary pairs. I used to regularly send their youngsters to my father to Dubrovnik by bus so that he could provide them with color treatment. I am very grateful to my parents who were taking care so that I can enjoy my birds while in Dubrovnik for short holidays and summer vacation. What a fanaticism! (Mine, of course).
More serious and enthusiastic approach to my hobby began in 2001, after I graduated from the university and when I joined the Zagreb society for the protection and breeding of birds and fishes. I bred the color canaries, native birds of Europe and their mules and hybrids. Since I joined Zagreb bird society up to 2007, I specialized in breeding lipochrom red mosaic canaries in the male line. Today, I breed satine red mosaic canaries in the male line and some of the native birds of Europe such as: linnets, redpolls, goldfinches …
From 2005 to 2008 I was appointed a secretary in the Zagreb bird society. At the national show in Osijek, 2009. I successfully passed the exam for a federal (ZOSH) judge responsible for the Groups D (color canaries), G (native birds of Europe) and H (hybrids). I successfully completed three-year- practical training supervised by COM/OMJ expert M. Mikulić. During that period I participated in four state championships and many regional ornithological shows. The examination committee in Osijek was consisted of 5 respectable Croatian judges (from left to right, me not included): A. Arsic, I. Ćubelić, M. Mikulic, M. Zjača and K. Librenjak.
I have passed exam for international judge in Nova Gorica (Slovenia) on the 30. November 2012. and acquired the title of COM/OMJ expert for the colored canaries (Section D). The main examiner was a great international judge, member of the Executive Committee of OMJ, Roberto Rossi, who among other things is responsible for section D within the OMJ.
Currently, my goal is to study the modern birds standards, define my breed in that direction and focus on breeding of the native birds of Europe. My greatest wish is to breed as many native birds of Europe as possible and to make them available to the people, as well as to fight against the illegal bird hunting.
I kindly invite anybody willing to exchange information related to the breeding and bird exhibitions to contact me without hesitation.