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Each year we attempt to surpass our lineup of Speakers; all to ensure that as delegates you receive the best possible opportunity for an educational, inspiring, and memorable experience. We bring in Speakers from across Australia, but also in every corner of the World. This guarantees a wide array of expertise, all in one place for the Parrots 2024 Convention!

Below you will see excellent speakers who will be gracing the stage for the International Parrots 2024 Convention in North Brisbane, Queensland. To check out the options and grab some tickets, click the link below.

International Parrots 2024 Convention

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Neiva is a Conservation Biologist, the Hyacinth Macaw Institute President, Professor Dr in Environment and Regional Development of Uniderp, Coordinator of Hyacinth Macaw Project and Urban Birds Project – Macaws in the City (Projeto Aves Urbanas - Araras na Cidade).

Neiva M. R. Guedes, graduated with a Bachelor in Biological Sciences by UFMS (1987), went on to obtain her Masters in Forestry Sciences by ESALQ/USP (1993), and polished off an impressive higher education portfolio with her Doctorate in Biological Sciences (Zoology) by UNESP/Botucatu (2009).

Neiva is the  President of the Hyacinth Macaw Institute. She is also the Professor of the Postgraduate Program in Environment and Regional Development of Uniderp University. Since 1990 she has been executing and coordinating the  Hyacinth Macaw Project, where she has developed studies on the basic biology and monitoring of the species, Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus, threatened with extinction until December 2014, when it left the Brazilian List of Endangered Species but remains vulnerable on the IUCN list. 

In 2016 Neiva established a partnership with researchers from Bolivia and Paraguay for a Conservation Program of the Hyacinth Macaw in the Pantanal Biome.

In 2011 she started the Urban Birds Project - Macaws in the City, where she studied the establishment of macaws in the city. She participates in the research line: Use and Conservation of Pantanal and Cerrado Biodiversity, with researchers from the Postgraduate Program in Environment and Regional Development of Uniderp University.

Neiva promotes and coordinates education and environmental awareness activities with children and students and stimulates the Scientific and Pedagogical Tourism; as well as the citizen science involving the inhabitants in the activities of nature conservation.

Neiva supports the Conservation Program of the Lear's Macaw in Bahia and supports and collaborates with the Spix's Macaw in Nature Program. She was part of the team of the Program of Monitoring of Hyacinth Macaws in Tocantins. Neiva was part of the team of the Conservation Project of the Hyacinth Macaws in the Carajás mosaic.

Neiva supports the Art of Making and Recycling Project and the "Ponto de Cultura da Rede Morena Arte de Fazer e Reciclar" in Campo Grande-MS. She has experience in general biology, working mainly on the following subjects: Pantanal, Hyacinth Macaw, conservation, wildlife management, reproduction, observation tourism and environmental education.

She published several works in chapters of books, articles in periodicals and annals of congresses; as well as lecturing extensively in Brazil and abroad.

Neiva is the author of book "Blue Jewels across the Pantanal skies", with pictures of Luciano Candisani, launched in 2012 and is the author of six chapters of the book "Araras da Cidade - Música do Mato", of Thiago Quevedo, published in 2012.

Neiva also supervises students in research projects, Scientific initiation, Masters, Doctorate and Post Doctoral. She is on the Board of Parrots International, based in Los Angeles. She is a teacher in the subjects: Biodiversity - Use and Conservation, Ecology of Ecosystems and Seminars (in collaboration). She is part of the Network of Specialists in Nature Conservation.



Randy Berry lives in Caserta, Italy. He has been very passionate for wildlife since an early age making a way for him in becoming a very passionate Aviculturist. Randy, along with his brother William partner in Berry Brothers Aviaries, one of the largest collections of birds in their region, with over one hundred and fifty different species.

These include a huge array of parrots and softbills. Randy is planning to open up as a zoo in the near future. Today he jumps at any chance to collaborate with breeders, conservation projects and zoological institutions around the world to preserve species in captivity.

He regularly shares his passion on television nature programs and at conferences around the globe. Randy is very interested in evolving areas of Aviculture, such as the part technology can play in providing us with greater information to care and learn about our birds.

Randy’s key areas of focus at the Parrots 2024 Convention will be on the keeping and breeding of the Blue-Throated Macaw, an insight into one of Italy’s best Softbill Collections during "An Evening with Randy Berry", and the role technology can play in Aviculture.



Stephanie Edlund, CPBC has spent most of her life learning about animal welfare, behavior, training and enrichment. Growing up in Sweden, she has been surrounded by all kinds of animals her whole life, and has always been fascinated by birds especially. Since getting her first ones; two little re-homed Parakeets when she was eight years old, she hasn't lived a day without birds in her life. 

After getting her zoo-keeping degree, Stephanie studied Biology at the University of Stockholm, as well as spent all the time and resources she could find to take workshops and classes on ABA, animal training and welfare related subjects both in Sweden and internationally. 

She spent several years working as a professional zookeeper and has made a few stand-ins as a teacher at some of the schools for future animal caretakers in the country; teaching classes on subjects like animal learning, husbandry and more. 

Today she has two African Greys of her own and also works full time with a wide range of birds, both as a vet nurse in an animal clinic specializing in exotics and through her own small business in Sweden where she offers presentations and workshops for bird clubs, veterinarians, pet shops and zoos. 

Stephanie offers behavior consultations and private training, predominantly with parrots but sometimes with other animals as well. She is a certified parrot behavior consultant with the IAABC (CPBC) as well as co-chair of the parrot division. She is also the animal training consultant for Korpdalen, an educational zoo facility in Björkvik, Sweden, where she works with free flighted parrots as well as a range of other bird species.

At the International Parrots 2024 Convention Stephanie will be talking on Enrichment and Start-Button Behaviours. 

Stephanie will also be working closely with the team planning our Step-Up Workshop (the practical aspect to what was shown throughout the weekend) on the Monday after the Convention!



Nanda Kishore holds a Masters Degree in biotechnology and has worked extensively in the field of tissue culture. His interest in animals and birds made him quit his job and pursue his hobby of bird-keeping. His mother had budgies as a child, and was an avid bird lover. The seeds sowed by his mother bloomed, making Nanda an Aviculturalist.

His work on standardisation of protocols for Conures and Macaws made him a prominent speaker in a number of Conventions held in India. Articles about him have also been covered in a number of print and electronic media. His work has been recognised by the Forest Department in India, and has made him the Consultant for a number of Zoological Parks. 

He is also a part of a non-profit, non-government organisation called Animal Rehabilitation & Protection Front. This is a student run organisation. It works towards the rejuvenation of forests and protection of endemic wildlife. Nanda also has his own organisation, called the Raaga Foundation, which funds a number of conservation projects. 

Nanda will be joining us as a part of our ‘Evening With Randy Berry’ and presenting on utilising nature’s gifts as a source of enrichment and preventive medication in Indian Aviculture. 



In her fledgling years, early 1990’s, while acquiring a formal education as an animal veterinary health technician, experience in the exotic veterinary clinic practice and the pet industry while continued studies in biology and field research, an untraditional path that lead to ignite her passion for parrots, these wonderful yet complex exotic creatures.

Her desire to learn and contribute to psittacine research and conservation efforts led her to work for the Hagen Avicultural Research Institute (HARI) where she now continues to oversee the management of the facility and health of the flock. She feels privileged to have explored the complexities of avian nutrition, nursery management, and advancements in the science of aviculture. Editor of Parrot Life Magazine, the official HARI publication, presently featured on HARI TV channel featuring video podcasts, reports, reviews & valuable chronicles on topics such as psittacine behavior, nutrition, health, safe idealistic cage and environment requirements, trends & advancements in aviculture and endangered parrot species restoration programs.

Josee Bermingham continues to share her experiences by educating the avian community on topics such as Avian Nutrition, Safe ethical restraint techniques for health assessments and interventions, Emergency First Aid, Incubation techniques, embryonic development, Psittacine pediatric care, Holistic alternative Health care, Enrichment and Captive breeding management techniques at avicultural seminars and conferences. 

She has spoken at several major avian conventions and symposiums all over the world; including conferences such as the American Federation of Aviculture, ASA, AVES Australia, Canadian Parrot Conference, AAV-Exoticon, Parrot Festival NPRPF, Italy-International Ornithological Show Reggio Emilia, and PIJAC Canada, on behalf of the HARI Conservation Networking, an essential collaboration that interlinks aviculture, conservation, field research and avian medicine.

Josee Bermingham collaborates in field research, and training of field biologists for pediatric psittacine health and biometric evaluations. A proud lifetime member of the Loro Parque Foundation as she strives to remain truthful to the ideals, promote all parrot life, whether it be in captivity or in its natural habitat for their plight is inherent.

Josee Bermingham will be presenting on Early Parrot Education and Psittacine Incubation Techniques, Nursery Management and Neonatal Care.



Lee Stone is an Avian Behaviour and Training Consultant, and the Operations Manager of Parrot Life Behaviour and Training. She has been working professionally as an animal trainer and behaviour consultant for 14 years, starting her career with dogs before finding her passion in parrot training and behaviour consulting when she added an Eclectus parrot to her family. Lee's passion lies in helping people build, improve and develop their relationships with their companion parrots through better communication and by providing clients with a clearer understanding of how to interact successfully in partnership with their animals. This is achieved through the use of modern, evidence-based training techniques with an emphasis on positive reinforcement based methods

Lee will be joining us for an informative presentation titled: 'Redefining the Roost - Progressive Methods for Building the Human-Avian Bond'.


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