The Sunday bird market which has operated since 1975-76, is where customers and buyers come together and trade. The market has played a very important in the development of the bird-keeping hobby in Karachi.
Sunday market has played a very important in the development of the bird-keeping hobby in Karachi. It is a place for hobbyists, small breeders, commercial breeders, margin traders and shopkeepers to come together and trade in a free market. Small breeders benefit by cutting out the middle man and selling directly to hobbyists, for the hobbyist it is a source of good birds directly from the breeder at a reasonable price, for exporters this is great place to fill their orders. The market also caters to the other needs of the visitors. Customer can find cages, food and water containers, clay pots, birdseeds, loucern, corn. It used to be a Friday market and held at a slightly different location. It felt like a visit to the zoo.
In the market Customer can find all varieties of budgies, cockatiels, lovebirds, pigeons, green ring-necked, desi chickens, finches, doves and even goats and aquarium fish. The market has its limitations though.
The market has no official status with the city administration. To them it is a nuisance. It is not well organized. Currently it is held on the side of a bridge and in crowded streets. When the city administration clamps down it shifts to another location a block or two away.
Every major city should have a weekly market like this. It all started in 1975 or 76 in Karachi and with a little work it could also be organized in other cities. It is just a matter of putting the seed in the ground and getting the word around.