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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! 












  • 3 Oct 2018 11:45 PM | James Goodrich (Administrator)

    With the prevalence of online bird scams, and the social media crackdown on advertising animals for sale; how do people know where to turn when searching for reputable Aviculturalists?

    The new Parrot Society of Australia website has established a growing community for Members to advertise (free as part of their Membership) their own bird-keeping efforts. 

    The guarantee for people searching for birds is this: every single person on the PSOA Breeder Database is a current financial member of our Association, and their ongoing support for the Club is a testament to their belief in raising the perch in Aviculture. 

    As the Website is still very new, Members are gradually beginning to advertise their Aviaries in the Database. We aim that within the first twelve months to have over 100 Aviculturalists on the Database.

    If you'd like to be part of the PSOA Breeder Database, you'll need to be a current financial Member:

    Join the PSOA

    And you can view our Database right here:

    PSOA Breeder Database


  • 20 Sep 2018 11:40 PM | James Goodrich (Administrator)

    We love our Magazine - Parrot News! It's an information filled insight into Aviculture, and read all across the World!

    Our latest edition has some incredible feature articles:

    • The Twenty-Eight Parrot: A Breeder Experience
    • Your new PSOA Website: Officially Launched
    • Fence Post Nest for Rosellas: Wild Birds Breeding
    • Free Flight: Companion Parrots with Dot Schwartz 
    • Parrots 2018 Wrap-Up
    Plus, you can view heaps of archived editions of Parrot News online from any device whilst logged-in!

  • 22 Aug 2018 4:11 AM | James Goodrich (Administrator)

    Our most recent edition of Parrot News is now online and available to be viewed by Members! We also have a growing archive of previous issues, all able to be read whilst logged-in to our Website!

    The most recent edition takes a look at the Breeder's view on keeping Hooded Parrots; one of Australia's most beautiful Native Parrots! It looks at a variety of different measures for keeping them, as well as mutations, diet, and much more. 

    We have our regular President's Report, with Scott Hovelroud discussing his trip to the Northern Avian Conference, and a snippet on the proposed changes to Wildlife Licensing in Queensland. 

    We have another article by Tony Silva too, looking at the aggression of the Cockatoo species. 

    There is also a fantastic spread on The North Brisbane Bird Sale, held in the Moreton Bay Region in Queensland, which had a record turnout for us this year! Some incredible photos and memories to share. 

    If you are a Member, and want to check out this issue and others online, please click the link below.


    Magazine Archive

  • 15 Aug 2018 3:30 PM | James Goodrich (Administrator)

    Support for Australian Farmers is now of the upmost importance. At our most recent Management Committee Meeting it was decided that The Parrot Society of Australia would do its bit to raise much needed funds for Drought Relief.

    Our farmers are in severe drought conditions with 99% of Australian farmers affected. This drought has been ongoing for the past several years, making life on the land tough for the farmers and their families.

    The efforts by the Australian public and Corporate sponsors have been outstanding in recent times and The Parrot Society of Australia wants to ensure we offer as much support as possible too!

    Throughout the months of August, September, and October the PSOA will pledge 5% of its entire revenue from Parrot Supplies Australia and 5% of financial Memberships with the Society to the effort. We will donate this through Rural Aid, who provide fantastic avenues of support for farmers and their families. 

    How can you help?


    Shop Online with Parrot Supplies Australia

    Join The Parrot Society of Australia


    We thank you for your assistance with raising funds for Australia's drought stricken farmers!


  • 11 Aug 2018 10:47 PM | James Goodrich (Administrator)

    Our next meeting is just around the corner, and we couldn't be more excited! Why? We love providing people with the platform to join in one space, learn, and share experiences about our common interest; Aviculture!

    This time round we're welcoming Mark Davies, who has been heavily involved with The Parrot Society of New Zealand for some time. He's now calling Australia's majestic Sunshine Coast home, and is looking forward to sharing his insight to our guests. Mark's topic will be Nutrition: Parrots, Breeding, & Pet Birds; so make sure to come armed with plenty of questions!

    For more information, please click the link below.

    August General Meeting

  • 31 Jul 2018 3:23 PM | James Goodrich (Administrator)

    In the modern World we are constantly being challenged by improvements to technology and information sharing. For Associations like The Parrot Society of Australia it is fundamentally important that we continue to strive towards delivering new and innovative ways to support Australian Aviculture. 

    In 2016/2017 we began to toy with the idea of upgrading our current website, or developing a new one. We had to identify what the issues we had were, and how could we make running our Society easier in the long term future. Some of those issues we faced were...

    • Lack of mobile/tablet responsiveness 
    • A Membership Management system that was performed using Excel spreadsheets
    • An online Membership system that didn't sync with other interests in the Society
    • The inability to manage our Events online
    • Underused features on the website
    One of the first improvements we made was by introducing the Parrot Supplies Australia Online Store. This had been in talks for over a decade in The Parrot Society, but in 2017 we managed to make that a reality. Absolute huge improvement for the Club!

    With technology improving, we began to investigate options that could help us look after our Members better. We found a fantastic system called Wild Apricot, and with that Advance Web Design who specialise in helping Associations across the World with streamlining their model. 

    In August 2018 we will introduce a brand new look Website, that allows us to achieve the following for our Members and the General Public:

    • Fully responsive website to mobile and tablet users
    • Complete Membership Management system
    • A comprehensive Resources section (that will continue to grow!)
    • A full Breeder Database of Parrot Society Members
    • Avi-Trader Online 
    • Event registration and management - all online
    • Parrot Trust of Australia fundraising and promotion
    • Plus HEAPS more!
    Our sincere thanks to Michael Sugg, Managing Director of Advance Web Designs and Advance Association Management for his (and his team's) assistance during this process. It's been fantastic to see these changes come to light!

    Stay tuned and subscribe for updates to our News section!
  • 17 Jul 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. 

  • 5 Jun 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 May 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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