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I have been interested in birds ever since I was a small boy. I was ten years old when I bought my first birds.

When I was about fifteen years old, I spent ages wandering through markets and through shops, searching for books about birds and especially for information on how the specific colours developed. Later I started to study genetics and pigmentation and in 1999 I became involved in MUTAVI, Research & Advice Group in The Netherlands. Within MUTAVI, a lot of research has been conducted into pigment abnormalities related to mutant phenotypes of which the origin or inheritance is not yet completely clear.

In 2005 I founded Ornitho-Genetics VZW in Belgium. Ornitho-Genetics is an independent non-profit organization which concentrates mainly on genetics, evolution, taxonomy and study & preservation of birds in their natural habitat. To support these research results, a world-wide collaboration has been set-up with experts, scientists, universities and museums. The results of these researches are published regularly, both electronically and in books, or in various ornithological magazines.


Dirk Van den Abeele