Radiology is a valuable diagnostic tool in avian medicine, but is surprisingly under-utilised. This may reflect the clinician’s ‘comfort level’ with avian radiology; a lack of training and experience; the apparent difficulty in obtaining good quality images, or a reluctance to use radiography in such a small patient. The advent of digital radiography may go a long way towards overcoming these problems but the basic principle – do it right the first time – is as true in birds as it is in other species.