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Here you will find the latest news and advice from the Parrot Society. 
Keeping you up to date with Society Events, Conferences, News, Articles on best practice and 'How to Guides' on everything Aviculture! 












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  • 17/07/2018 2:00 PM | James Goodrich (Administrator)

    Wow! What a weekend!

    Parrots 2018 is a mammoth task for a group of Volunteers, but it's something we all thoroughly enjoy to continue to promote our ethos to "Raise The Perch In Aviculture"!

    We flew in a great group of Speakers this year. One of our key points of interest was finding people who hadn't spoken at a Parrots Convention before (or for some time), and would provide a different perspective on Aviculture in general. 

    The weekend was a cold and early start for our feathered-adventurers making their way out to not one but four different private collections! Everything from understated Natives, to playful Amazons, rare Indian Ringneck colour mutations, and some of the most impressive gardens many of us had ever laid eyes on! It was a stand-out Aviary Tour, and a fantastic start to a knowledge-rich weekend.

    We then all rolled in for the two streams of lectures, one focussed on Companion Parrots and the other on Breeding. Of course this was complimented by shared lectures, but all in all there was something for everyone; regardless of your interests. Between lectures there was time to view the range of Trade Stands, including that of the Parrots 2018 major sponsor - Vetafarm. 

    We also welcomed ABK, Animetics, Priam, Parrot Supplies Australia, and the Hagen Avicultural Research Centre (HARI); who were accompanied by none other than Mark Hagen himself! There were many bird-keepers who enjoyed networking with Mark, and learning a great deal more about the Tropican brands and its supply to Australia!

    Then the pinnacle of our weekend is the Parrot Trust of Australia Conservation Dinner. We raised just shy of $5,000 for our vulnerable native species, which is a wonderful effort. Our President and Secretary decided to play the part of Auctioneer and Spotter, keeping the crowds entertained with a wondrous array of bird-related artwork, literature, and collectables. 

    We also welcomed to the floor a presentation on the Night Parrot, as well as the night being opened by Australia's Threatened Species Commissioner - Dr. Sally Box! Interesting conversation was sparked about the Orange-Bellied Parrot, with a view of having private Aviculture working closer with Government; all in aid of building a brighter future for Australia's bird species.

    Another great addition was our 'Nutrition Panel', made up of Mark Hagen, Dr. Deborah Monks, Dr Stacey Gelis, and Daniel Gowland. This raised a great number of questions from the floor, and allowed for a science driven approach to Avian diets to be discussed; as opposed to the old rhetoric. It certainly gave many perspective, and was well received!

    We're already well underway for planning Parrots 2020 - which we are hoping to be our best yet! Keep an eye on our website for updates. 

  • 05/06/2018 12:49 PM | James Goodrich (Administrator)

    Parrots 2018 is fast approaching. This is The Parrot Society of Australia's biennial Convention, with people from across the World flocking to Queensland to embark on a weekend of education!

    But, it isn't just about education. It's also about the great social atmosphere that our community has; sharing knowledge, and working towards improving Aviculture. To help reward our delegates for this year, The Parrot Society of Australia is donating a VIP trip to Jurong Bird Park, with flights and accomodation included!

    Many will know that Jurong is famous for keeping some of the rarest species of birds in the World, including the Spix's Macaw! Not to mention a plethora of other beauties all in one spot. To be in a chance of entering this incredible prize, all you need to do is ensure you're a paying delegate at Parrots 2018!


  • 30/05/2018 12:12 PM | James Goodrich (Administrator)

    Well our annual bird sale for 2018 is done and dusted! Without blowing our own trumpet, we really pulled out all of the stops to bring you a better Event for this year. We certainly learned a great deal from 2017, which saw a huge influx of visitors with the improvements to Social Media marketing. 

    Continuing with that same ethos, we looked at making some key improvements based on the feedback from last year's Vendors and Visitors...

    • Inclusion of a 'cash-out'/ATM facility
    • Improved trade vendors
    • Better spacing to manage the large crowds
    • Changes to food vendor provisions
    • Greater variety of bird vendors
    As many would know, The Parrot Society of Australia Management Committee are made up entirely of volunteers; but in our spare time we made every effort to execute this feedback for the 2018 Event. Our goal is to continue to "Raise The Perch In Aviculture", and here's some of the improvements we managed to accomplish...

    • Full 'cash-out' facility at the Event
    • Larger variety of trade vendors, with a wide array of different products
    • New layout, with wider aisles
    • Additional food vendor, with both on for extended trading hours
    • Through our marketing efforts we attracted a much wider array of Aviculturalists to put their birds on show
    • A full throttle Parrot Supplies Australia display
    • Bird-of-prey photo area
    What this resulted in, following record breaking figures in 2017, was brand new records in 2018 - it was our biggest Event yet! Check out this great video from Brisbane Birds...



    We are looking forward to an even better 2019, with the possibility of a second Bird Sale on the horizon!
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