Top Japanese Budgerigar Breeder – Tatsuhiro Ozeki

Tatsuhiro OzekiGreat breeders of top quality budgerigars now exist in Japan – and Tatsuhiro Ozeki is arguably one of the finest.

I have, for many years now, been exporting birds to Japan. Principally these have been to Mr Ozeki, and despite never having met Mr Ozeki in person, I have developed what could be described as a long distance friendship with him and his wife, Eiko.

As always, I select birds to match the budget figure stated by the buyer. They trust me to choose the best available birds for the amount involved, whatever that may be. This approach has always served both me and my customers well.

Care Has To Be Taken

Step by step, Tatsuhiro Ozeki has bred some beautiful birds and his photography of his stock speaks for itself.

He is now, like all breeders, wanting birds with the “buffalo effect”, but that can, as I have seen in a few cases, ruin the appearance of our birds unless carefully watched.

Make no mistake. We want to widen the feather across the face, but I have seen an example where it has been taken to extremes and the beauty of the budgerigar has gone and appeared ugly.

I cannot imagine a skilful breeder like Mr Ozeki doing this at all, but he has great experience behind him. It is the fellow with little experience that has to be watched.

The Japanese Scene

There are four societies in Japan comprising two hundred breeders and Ozeki himself began breeding budgerigars in 1972.

Each show has around 300 birds benched and many of the birds go back to the days when the late Harry Bryan exported to that country.

It is alleged that a lot of inbreeding has taken place by pairing Harry Bryan blood inwardly for years and years, so consequently the quality has dropped without careful use of outcrosses being dropped in periodically.

Not so Ozeki, but I personally believe after buying solely from myself (not the crests) for many years, that he needs related new blood that has outcross blood within it. I know he realises this.

The Eiko and Tatsuhiro Careers

Tatsuhiro Ozeki worked in the textile industry for more than 44 years, before, at the grand age of 60, starting his own business! This was also with textiles, printing and selling what the Japanese call “Art Water-Moss”.

Tatsuhiro also works in the Aichi Prefecture and Tsuchiya Corporation research and development centre (www.tsuchiya-group.co.jp).

His wife, Eiko is a highly skilled lady who teaches the astounding practice of creating Japanese dolls with a standard of workmanship that has to be seen to be believed. Exquisite, would be the word I would use and my wife and I have three of them here at Virginia Water which we treasure. Her skills also extend to creative “Water Moss Exhibits”, again her skills are very evident.

The Birds and The Aviary

The bird photographs speak for themselves (see below).

The aviary is a state of the art establishment and has 32 breeding cages breeding some 150 birds per annum. There are 14 stock cages and 2 flights.

On the feeding side, Ozeki gives 12 forms of grain sources plus cod liver oil, sesame oil, safflower oil, a mineral source, salt, seaweed, and soluble multivitamin.

In all he has a running total of some 300 birds at any one time and, the normal varieties apart, he is the number one breeder of crests throughout Japan.

He is a judge of course but has not yet had the pleasure of being invited to judge outside of his country. Big National Societies – please note!

The favourite colours are spangles and the dark factors (especially the violets), but all his colours possess quality across the board.

Add in “buffalo effect” and it is very possible Ozeki could be one of the world’s best and most skilful breeders ever! Time will tell.

 

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About the Author: Gerald Binks began breeding budgerigars when he was 12 years old and is now arguably the most knowledgeable budgerigar fancier in the world. He has bred his fair share of Best in Show birds, judged in no less than 20 countries, founded the World Budgerigar Association, and has published two of the three classic books on the hobby. His stud in the UK attracts fanciers from near and far and is always high on the list for those wishing to purchase BA23 quality budgerigars.

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  1. David Eberst says:

    Mr Binks,

    The birds pictured in your article on Japan have both excellent color and form.

    My wife (Kathleen) started with the budgies back in the 80’s and specialized in the crests, I do not presume them to be of this quality – but very close.

    Kathy passed away five years ago and I inherited the budgies. Sadly to say she sold her crested line and no one in the USA seems to have any.

    I have tried for years to find some good crests and maybe you have put me back on track.

    If you have info on anyone in your area that has crests, please let me know.

    Thank you,
    David Eberst
    USA

  2. Bryan Pearce says:

    Looking the photos, I think that the Violets are the best I’ve seen for a long time and are a credit to the breeder.

    Keep up the good work.

    Bryan Pearce,
    Western Australia

  3. Huot Sokchhay says:

    All the budgerigars photos above, I have never seen before.

    They make me crazy with their brilliant colors.

    I wish I had birds like them.

    If anyone knows how I can buy such birds please let me know.

    Thank you,
    Huot Sokchhay, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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