Fanie Klopper


Fanie Klopper Introduction to birds:

As far back as I can remember my family had some or the other type of birds. 1. Fancy pigeons 2. Fancy Ornamental fowl 3. Wild Finches or Canaries 4. Hook bills (parrot-like birds)

In the late 1967, I was introduce to Lovebirds and Budgies and was here that it all started.   


In 1976
I swopped a paraffin incubator for my first real pair of parrots, a pair of Plumheads, a couple of months later my dad bought me a collection of parrots witch included some Senegal, Alexandrines, Green Ringnecks, Nanday Conures, Quakers and some Red-rumpeds. These birds where to do well and I had great success with the Alexandrines and the Nanday’s. The offspring was swopped for a pair of Swainsons and a pair of Mulaccan Lorikeets.

In those days, the feeding was a big problem and you had to learn from other people what work and what does not. During 1980, we had some trouble with the neighbour, some of the more noisy birds had to be sold, and it was then that I started with Show-budgies. These birds were bought, for as much as R500 each, but when sold to others, a mere R20 was obtained. The better the quality the poorer the breeding results, but that was acceptable as long as I could do well on the Show bench, witch I have done.

In 1986, I moved out of my parent’s house to be on my own, now the birds had to feed themselves and with the budgies, they could not. The budgies were sold and I bought a collection of Lovebirds, they bred well and the babies were sold without hassle.  In 1993, I had the opportunity to visit Europe to make contact with exporters and this was the real kick-start my hobby needed.  

Marked successes:

Show Budgies: Best adult Novice and Second best Adult on show – National in 1983

Ringnecks : Cobalt or Violet from pair of Blues in 1999


First CobaltTurquoiseButtercup, CobaltTurquoiseOpaline, CobaltViolet and CobaltPieds

Amazons: To breed Double-yellow-headed Amazons after 9 years.

Next success that I am waiting for:

Plumheads : My first Black eyed Yellow (Overgoten/Ressessive Dilute) Ringnecks : Some of the newest mutations.  









Preferences in breeding birds:

All the groundwork in breeding mutations was done during 1980 to 1986 when I was involved with breeding Show-Budgies. This is still the biggest thrill for me to open a nest box and to see different colours in one nest. During the breeding season of 1999, I had the fortune of breeding a “Cobalt or Violet” ringneck from a pair of Blue Ringnecks.  

Current breeding facility:

My current setup comprises about 350 breeding cages, which I would like to extend to 500. A mixture of conventional and suspended cages are used, depending on the specie.


Species that I specialize in

Amazons: Blue Fronted
Ringnecks: Upper mutations
 Ringnek Violet + CobaltViolet
Ringnek Grey pied + Blue Pied

Lineolateds: All mutations


Celestial Parrotlets: Some mutations









Green-cheecked Conures: Some mutations






Golden Mantle: All mutations










Red-rumpeds: All mutations 




Lovebirds:  Violet  Fischer’s and Masked also Opaline  roseicollis



Grassparrots: Turquoisine



Plumheads: Some mutations


Other species that are bred or kept:  

Macaw: Blue & Gold


Cockatoo: Galah

Amazon: Double Yellow Headed; Orange-winged; Red-lored

Port Lincoln





Caique: Yellow-thigh; Black-headed

Alexandrine and African Grey


New birds on order are: 




Yellow Rosellas:


Splendids and Bourke:


Species that I would like to own in the near future:

Amazons: Real Chaco Blue-fronted (the Pied-like birds)


Species that I would like to own later in life, as it seems unlikely now:

Macaw: Up to Hyacinths’ Cockatoo: Some of the black Cockatoos : Red-tailed Black  

Contribution to the bird fancy in South Africa:

Currently: Chairman of the local club – Verrewes Bird club situated in Lichtenburg.  

Trade – import/export:

Local trade: Deal in offspring bred every year direct or on auctions.

Import: Started importing in 1993 and have done it once or twice a year, depending on the enquiries  of friends or own needs.

Export: Are willing to export when need be.  

Trust in the bird fancy in South Africa:

The fancy in RSA is still in its infancy compared to the rest of the world, but we have also done on occasions what the rest would like to achieve. The knowledge in RSA can stand with any other in the world. South African should learn from mistakes made by themselves and others to be successful in future. Being a third, word country money will be what hampers our expansion into the future. If we can keep our standards high and supply good quality and quantity birds, the word will take notice. We need new blood in RSA, seeing that, the majority of people in the game are adults, in the latter stage of life.  

No – no off the fancy:

The amount of ignorance among bird breeders when breeding with subspecies, and then to mix and match within the specie, is not acceptable. I always maintain that before you start breeding birds you should bay the best book available to help facilitate you in achieving your goals. What you do now, will last a long time, seeing that some birds will outlive there keepers and could even reproduce impurities. The same can be said when breeding hybrids, but this is part of the fancy and should always be discourage. The use of hybrids is purely for capital gain and to fast-track mutations.  


Future lies in quality birds of all species:

When breeding birds there should always be a balance between pure wild type birds and the mutations there off. The demand will strengthen the one or the other at a given time and you must be prepared for that. As in all countries certain trends may occur from time to time, the best time is to get it on the up and not the down. When specie is at its lowest, it is time to bay the best birds at affordable prices; the up will surely follow in time. In RSA we see that for example Lory/Lorikeets are not popular any more and that the once often seen birds start to disappear. It is our duty to preserve these birds for our fancy and the availability for the next generations of bird lovers. We in RSA was fortunate in that all the wild court bird were available here, witch may not be so in the future. Worldwide the trade in wild caught birds are prevented from taking place, it will never be totally stopped but we can try, so with this in mind – preserve what you have for the future, this may be the last that you will see in RSA.


Take notice:

Currently, the so called leaders in the fancy are not all leaders, they are in it for personal gain at the expense of others. They will conduct matters in a manner, which is detrimental to the long-term sustainability of the fancy. As long as they can manipulate the market and prices, which can only be done if you have high status in the fraternity, they are the one’s making money and determining the way forward. What these people does, is that they would leak so called privileged information with regards to list-prices and then go and sell way below these list-prices. A further misconduct will be to run down other ideas and promotions of trends not initiated by them. They should firstly have collected a good basis of the new trend before promotions will take place, they should never be caught off-guard. New comers to the fancy should do their homework as to the integrity of all role-players and please do avoid the popular option of hanging on the lips of the so-called leaders in aviculture, you will gain more knowledge from small role-players about the person you start to admire.

“Don’t be blind, look and see !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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