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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 2020 Convention!

Over the coming weeks we will reveal new Speakers, so ensure you check back on this page or alternatively follow our social media pages for more updates. 

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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.



John is well known as the owner of 'Cape Capers', a nature-orientated tour company focussing on Northern Australia. 

John first visited the Iron Range district on Cape York Peninsula in 1983. He was taken in by both its remoteness and beauty. Ten years later he returned with a 35mm film camera to begin recording what he saw. Little did he know how important these images would become 25 years later.

Cape Capers has been strongly involved in scientific and conservation projects across Northern Australia, such as the Crimson Finch (impacted heavily by agricultural development), Golden-Shouldered Parrots, and the Palm Cockatoo (working with the Australian National University).

While politicians and sceptics debated global warming and its effect on climate John has returned year after year photographing and filming his observations.

The affect of unseasonal weather events and the forecast of them becoming more severe, more often now drives his desire to see a change in peoples' attitudes.

John is one of a growing group of citizen scientists voicing their concerns about what they are recording. 

The presentations that John will provide Parrots 2020 with shall be on the birds of Northern Queensland, but also a presentation at the Conservation Dinner on climate change and its effect on the Australian subspecies of Eclectus Parrot. 



Jennifer Cunha is an attorney who formerly taught inner-city children how to read. With that experience, she began teaching her cockatoos phonics and reading skills in 2016.

Her parrots demonstrate mastery of grapheme-phoneme correspondence (reading words) and appear to have attained semantic processing (vocabulary development), three of the tasks required for literacy.

Jennifer collaborated with University of Miami to investigate these reading skills, and their partnership has resulted in research that has been submitted for peer review and publication.

Jennifer is also in discussions with three additional universities for research projects on consent expression and literacy development in parrots as well as replication research projects.

Jennifer is co-owner of MyReadingPets, Inc., a company focusing on enhanced enrichment and communication training for parrot caregivers.

We are very excited to have Jennifer join us at Parrots 2020 and provide us with an insight into this new and interesting area of animal behaviour. 



Des Boorman is a qualified horticulturist with significant plant knowledge and has been keeping Finches, Parrots and Cockatoos for more than twenty years. 

Des concentrates on a small range of Australian Native species from Varied Lorikeets, Crimson-winged Parrots, Red-Capped Parrots to Red-browed Fig Parrots. 

Des uses his horticultural knowledge to look at Parrot diets and habitat then extrapolates these to develop methods that can be adopted for captive birds to maximise health and breeding success. 

Des has specialised in a limited range of species but is observant and understands diets from a broad range of Native and Exotic species from observations, correlations and revision of literature.

We are excited to be hearing two incredible presentations from Des across the course of the International Parrots 2020 Convention Weekend. One will be on the Fig Parrot, its care, breeding, and place in Aviculture. The second with be on Australian Flora, or as Des calls it 'Bush Tucker', and how it can be used to benefit our flocks.



Marcia has a post-graduate degree in Wildlife Biology. She worked 26 years in ex-situ reproduction in Brazil, prioritizing always research and improvement of reproductive techniques. She has been in charge of the management of zoos and of the most important breeding centers of psittacidae in Brazil where she has obtained optimal results that have been published in various media.

In September 2016 she accepted the invitation of Loro Parque and Loro Parque Fundación to be their bird Curator. Since then she has adapted the breeding methodology to the current reality. She assures that the development, adaptation and application of specific methodology for each breeding situation and species, are the main way to obtain the expected results.

Today she is the consultant of the Reproductive Management Program in controlled environments of the Lear's Macaw (Anodorhynchus leari). It is a threatened and an endemic species to Brazil with which, the Loro Parque Fundación, has achieved an extraordinary breeding result thanks to the knowledge in optimizing the reproductive management of this and other species in similar situations.

In 2018 LPF sent 6 Lears macaw for the first Lear macaw release project in Brazil and she prepare together with her team this 6 birds for the release program.

Marcia Weinzettl has lectured in different parts of the world showing her extensive knowledge of complex tropical psittacidae species of South America, outstanding among which is the management of the Hyacinth macaws (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus) or the wonderful Golden conure (Guaruba  guarouba) with which she obtained a relevant number of chicks.



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 2020 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 part technology can play in 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 proudlife time 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.


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