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  • 50th Anniversary History of The Parrot Society

    A HISTORY OF THE PARROT SOCIETY UK By David Coombes and Alan Jones 2016 “To encourage the study and conservation of parrot-like birds in freedom and captivity” This sentence headed page one of issue one of volume one of the magazine published by The Parrot Society in January 1967. Not at all…

  • 50th Anniversary Seminar

    50th Anniversary Seminar Part 1 50th Anniversary Seminar Part 2 50th Anniversary Seminar Part 3 50th Anniversary Seminar Part 4 50th Anniversary Seminar Part 5

  • 50th Anniversary Seminar Part 1

    50th ANNIVERSARY OF THE PARROT SOCIETY UK Alan K Jones, Parrot Society Chairman & Seminar Organiser As outlined in a short history of the Parrot Society , The Parrot Society was founded in 1966, so 2016 marked its 50th anniversary. Throughout that year, the specially designed 50th anniversary…

  • 50th Anniversary Seminar Part 2

    PS 50TH ANNIVERSARY CONVENTION PART TWO Alan K Jones BVetMed MRCVS, PSUK Chairman The morning continued with our prestigious speaker from the USA, Dr Mark Stafford. The atrocious weather conditions of the day before had caused travel disruption for many of our guests, but none more so than…

  • 50th Anniversary Seminar Part 3

    PS 50TH ANNIVERSARY CONVENTION PART THREE Alan K Jones BVetMed MRCVS, PSUK Chairman Next to take the podium was Rosemary Low, the well-known prolific writer on all things parrot, and regular speaker at conferences and meetings around the world. Her subject was “Parrot conservation in situ:…

  • 50th Anniversary Seminar Part 4

    Alan K Jones BVetMed MRCVS, PSUK Chairman Steve Brookes was followed by David Woolcock , curator of  Paradise Park and trustee of the World Parrot Trust . David reiterated the comments of previous speakers in saying that a very high percentage of the world’s parrot species are endangered,…

  • 50th Anniversary Seminar Part 5

    Alan K Jones BVetMed MRCVS, PSUK Chairman THE SPIX’S MACAW - THE AMAZING STORY OF THE WORLD’S RAREST BIRD  Well on into the afternoon now, but with no sign of flagging enthusiasm from our delegates – and little wonder, as next to take the podium was well-known parrot keeper and conservationist…

  • A Cockatiel as a pet

    This was first published as part of a series of articles by  Les Rance  in the Parrot Society magazine of May 2017. The cockatiel makes an ideal first pet parrot for families The Cockatiel (Nymphicus hollandicus) is found throughout its native Australia with the exception of the humid…

  • A Complete Beginner's Guide

    Pet Parrots - A Complete Beginner's Guide by Colin Scott Introduction The purpose of this article is to provide a complete guide for the new pet parrot owner. Parrots have been held in high regard ever since 1504 when the first live parrot was imported into the UK, although the Romans kept them…

  • A Short History of The Parrot Society UK

    Founded 1966 . Parrots have been kept by humans since or before the Egyptian Pharaohs as is evident by the murals that have been found. Many of today's well-known parrot breeders, graduated from budgies to the rarer and more expensive parrotlike species, they were of course more expensive and hard…

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  • Amazon Nest Boxes

    Amazon Nestbox 3/4"Ply or Blockboard Entrance hole 4-1/2" in Diameter approx. 2"down from top Perch cut to 5" long approx. 5" down from bottom of entrance hole Rear or side inspection door approx. 6-1/2" up from bottom 6-1/2" high. Ideally cut at a 15 0 angle to prevent excessive light or draughts…

  • Archived Articles

    > CITES uplisting of Sulphur Crested Cockatoo (Cacatua sulphurea) and the Lilac – Crowned Amazon (Amazona finschi) The formal up-listing of all species and sub species of the Sulphur Crested Cockatoo (Cacatua sulphurea) and the Lilac – Crowned Amazon (Amazona finschi) to Annex A of the EC CITES Regulation…

  • Area Meetings in Scotland

    PSUK AREA MEETING - SCOTLAND Douglas MacKenzie Scotland Coordinator Tel: 01698 292580 Email: Douglas Anne Dalton Scotland Coordinator Tel: 01294 541333 A word from the Organisers The Scottish Area is a great group of very friendly parrot enthusiasts with…

  • Articles

    > Articles on Parrot Species > Archived Articles We will be pleased to receive further articles and information of interest to add to our Web Site or for publication in our Magazine. Please forward by E-Mail to les.rance@theparrotsocietyuk.org or by post to: Mr L A Rance The Parrot Society…

  • Articles

    DONATE TO CONSERVATION PROJECTS Articles on the conservation of parrots from The Parrot Society UK >  Veterinary Medicine and Parrot Conservation in Argentina A report from veterinarian Dr Antonio Sciabarrasi of his work on rehabilitating and releasing confiscated individuals of  Amazon…

  • Articles On Parrot Species

    We will be pleased to receive further articles and information of interest to add to our Web Site or for publication in our Magazine. Please forward by E-Mail to les.rance@theparrotsocietyuk.org or by post to: Mr L A Rance The Parrot Society UK. Audley House, Northbridge Road Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire…

  • Artificial Nest Boxes in Australia

    Following the success of the 'tree tinning' project, we announced in September 2018 that o ngoing financial support from the Parrot Society's Conservation fund has allowed Ray Ackroyd to produce a batch of artificial nest boxes to increase potential cockatoo nesting sites. Following disastrous fires…

  • As Sick as a Parrot

    AS SICK AS A PARROT – AND WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT IT? Whatever type of bird you keep, whether it be a single companion budgie in a cage or a large breeding collection of parrots, the objective is always to keep those birds fit and healthy. The problem is to recognise when something is going wrong,…

  • Association Armonia Blue-throated Macaws

    The Laney Rickman reserve Logo, and overview 17 August 2020 -  In 2019 the Parrot Society UK sent a further grant from its Conservation Fund to support the reserve and its programme of protecting the Blue-throated Macaws. Bennett Hennessy has just sent us this comprehensive report of the 2019/20…

  • Autumn's Harvest

    We are now in that lovely time of year when the children return to school after their long summer holidays, (although I refuse to start thinking about Christmas just yet!) and nature is providing us with its wonderful autumn harvest, towards the end of the growing season. Hedgerows, gardens, and trees…

  • Avian Vets

    We depend upon information from bird keepers and avian veterinary practices to keep this listing current. Please notify us if you wish to be added to the list, or if you no longer see birds. To view a current list of Avian Vets in the UK, please click on the link below - Avian Vets February 2024

  • Bacterial Cultures for Disease Diagnosis

    Alan K Jones October 2020 . This article was originally published in the late John Stoodley's book 'Genus Amazona'  in 1990, and was recently reproduced as part of a series of articles in the Parrot Society's monthly magazine. It was written by one of the pioneers of avian veterinary medicine, Greg…

  • Bird Scene Editorial

    An introduction by the editor of Bird Scene Magazine Les Rance With some forty issues of Bird Scene under our belts I am really pleased with the progress that has been made with this e-magazine. For seventeen years I have edited the Parrot Society magazine which has been very interesting but from…

  • Bird Scene Magazine

    Bird Scene is an e-magazine from The Parrot Society UK (PSUK) to promote the Conservation work carried out by the Parrot Society UK (PSUK), to promote the National Exhibition of Birds held in October at Stafford County Showground for all hobbyist bird keepers. Bird Scene Editorial FREE…

  • Bird Scene Magazine Archive

      FREE ONLINE MAGAZINE Issue 45 - Winter 2019/20 Includes: Slowly but Surely, the Philippine Cockatoo Gains Ground 50th Anniversary of the Parrot Society UK Breed and Release - Gouldian Finch Report: The National Exhibition 2019 Click the link to view for free  Bird Scene…

  • Black-Cheeked Lovebird

    BLACK-CHEEKED LOVEBIRD (Agapornis nigrigensis) One of the most threatened lovebird species by R.J.McMillan © The UK   The Black Cheeked Lovebird. © The Black-cheeked lovebird is one of the nine species from the Genus AGAPORNIS and was discovered by Dr.A.H.B.Kirkmaí in 1904. The first specimens…

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  • Breeding Parrots

    General Information on Keeping & Breeding Parrots > Egg To Parrot Illustrations from the egg to the chick soon after birth. > Parrot Care Sheets The Parrot Society UK recommends that you obtain captive-bred birds wherever possible. You must, however, remember that the larger parrots live a…

  • Brexit and movement of parrots

      December 2023 Update: Since   the transition period for leaving the EU came to an end on 31st December 2020, there have been significant changes to the requirements for moving live birds between the UK and the EU and vice versa. This has puzzled, frustrated, confused, and annoyed many Parrot Society…

  • British Couple Saving Parrots in Belize

    A group of Belize Amazon parrots awaiting release As part of the 12th Parrot Lovers Cruise in November 2019, a group of around 40 parrot enthusiasts gathered on board a large cruise liner, leaving Miami to sail south-west out along the coastline of Cuba, to the western Caribbean Sea. Our first landfall…

  • Brotogeris Parakeets

    Brotogeris Parakeets An article written some years ago (Nov 1998) by long-term Parrot Society member and past Trustee Colin Scott© Still with much relevant information today, but updates are welcome. The Brotogeris Parakeets are a family of small 7-9 inch (18-23 cm) South American Parakeets. According…

  • Buy Show Tickets

    When available tickets can be purchased from the Parrot Society UK shop. Tickets may be made available a few weeks after the previous show so please check the following page on a regular basis. Ticket announcements can also be found in the members monthly magazine. To review available tickets…

  • Buyers Beware (Caveat Emptor)

    Buyers Beware Parrot Society member P.J.Hudson wrote this article some years ago - Buying birds without seeing them first Having kept birds for some 16 years I have been fortunate to have always had access to transport to travel around the country to collect birds for my collection. This…

  • Canarywings

    My experience with Canary-winged Parakeets © Again an article from some years ago (Jan 1999) by long-term Parrot Society member Eric Morfitt.  A few years ago a veterinary friend of mine who was taking up a new post in another part of the country rang and asked if I would care to purchase a small…

  • Captive Breeding of the Cape Parrot

    William Horsfield© Amazona Parrot Breeding Facility, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. History of captive breeding. Until fairly recently, all the Cape Parrots bred in captivity in South Africa have been progeny of wild-caught birds. The founder stock of wild-caught breeding birds had either - been deliberately…

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  • Chairman's Blog

    CHAIRMAN - retired November 2022 Alan Jones   Chairman’s Page May 2022 Preparations for our first ever Pet Parrot Gathering at Stafford County Showground on Saturday 9th July, as well as those for our regular Summer Show on Sunday 10th July at the same venue, continue apace. A few…

  • Cheshire & North Area

    Meetings held at Tarporley Community Centre, High Street, Tarporley CW6 0AY All enquiries to  07779 889922 Cheshire & North Area

  • Cites

    >  Brexit and Movement of Parrots > DEFRA > CITES Article 10 Certificates >  CITES requirements for marking Annex A birds A list of CITES Annex “A” psittacines. All these birds need the proper DEFRA paperwork Cockatoos Cacatua goffini - goffin's cockatoo Cacatua…

  • CITES Article 10 Certificates

    CITES Article 10 Certificates - a step by step how to guide Since the uplisting of the African grey ( Psittacus erithacus ) to Appendix I, we have been contacted by a multitude of members trying desperately to meet the requirements of DEFRA and register their parrots. Unfortunately this initially…

  • CITES requirements for marking Annex A birds

    Bird breeders are reminded that for certain purposes, there are specific marking requirements for Annex A captive born and bred birds under the EU Wildlife Trade Regulations. Leg rings for birds must be uniquely marked and seamlessly closed and applied in the first few days of the bird’s life. A seamlessly…

  • CITES uplisting of Sulphur Crested Cockatoo (Cacatua sulphurea) and the Lilac – Crowned Amazon (Amazona finschi)

    CITES uplisting of Sulphur Crested Cockatoo ( Cacatua sulphurea ) and the Lilac–crowned Amazon parrot ( Amazona finschi ) 25th August 2005   Sulphur-crested Cockatoo hen (AKJ) Lilac-crowned Amazon Parrot (AKJ) The formal up-listing of all species and sub species of the Sulphur…

  • Classification of Psittaciformes

    All living things are classified into groups, which are further sub-divided, according to their relationships with each other. Aristotle classified animals crudely, according to whether or not they had blood, but the hierarchical system of taxonomy that has served us well and continues to be used to…

  • Common Diseases of Parrots

    If you have read  As Sick as a Parrot,  it should be obvious that a large proportion of disease problems in parrots result from dietary and environmental influences. Infectious conditions are important, and will be covered in this section, together with important steps to take in the prevention, control…

  • Conservation

  • Conservation - The Parrot Society UK

    Conservation of Endangered Parrots is important to The Parrot Society Most publicised conservation support is 'ex situ' - i.e. outside of Parrot Society activities, and generally outside of the UK, and involves the sending of funds following specific requests, to projects that have been well-researched…

  • Constitution of The Parrot Society UK

    The name of the Society shall be The Parrot Society hereinafter called The Society. The objects of the Society shall be to promote the study, conservation and welfare of all members of the parrot family (order Psittacidae). In the furtherance of these objects, the Society shall have the following…

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  • PSUK Shop - The Summer Show Members' Tables

    Member's tables for the Summer Show 9th July 2023 at Stafford County Showground are £14.00 each. Only TWO tables per membership, and two entry wristbands booked per table. Please read carefully the full conditions at our events page, following 'PSUK Shows' > 'PSUK Show Information'.

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  • PSUK Shop - 12 Month UK Family Membership

    Membership of The Parrot Society UK View more information on the advantages of becoming a PSUK Member Prospective members are reminded that membership runs annually from JANUARY to DECEMBER. Membership of the PSUK is sold as FAMILY membership. This means that everyone living at the same address…

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  • PSUK Shop - PSUK 50th anniversary T-shirt

    A 50th anniversary T-shirt with PSUK logo and conservation projects the PSUK supports. Sizes: S - M - L Price includes delivery

  • PSUK Shop - The Parrot Society UK Club Pin Badge

  • PSUK Shop - The Parrot Society UK Binders

    Will hold 2 years of magazines

  • PSUK Shop - Brazil 2016 - Conservation in Action

    This is Alan Jones' (Chairman of the PSUK 2016) personal account of a trip to Brazil to see first hand some of the conservation projects the PSUK is supporting, in particular the planting of 50 Licuri Palm trees in aid of the Lear`s Macaw conservation project to mark the 50th anniversary of the Parrot…

  • PSUK Shop - Mighty: Saving the Greys

    A whimsical and uplifting tale of a rather special parrot, fictional, but set against a backdrop of real life and current events, for the delight of anyone looking for a 'flight of fancy', for bird lovers and for those who revel in anthropomorphism. Written by journalist and PSUK member Lillian Bird…

  • PSUK Shop - Parakeet Breeding

    Some guidelines for beginners.

  • PSUK Shop - Colour Mutations

    Colour Mutations, some guidelines for beginners.

  • PSUK Shop - Amazon Parrots as Pets

    Amazon Parrots as Pets, some guidelines for beginners from The Parrot Society UK.

  • PSUK Shop - Grey Parrots as Pets

    Grey Parrots as Pets, some guidelines for beginners from The Parrot Society UK.

  • PSUK Shop - Donate To Our Conservation Funds

  • PSUK Shop - Donation to The Scarlet Macaw in Costa Rica

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  • PSUK Shop - Donation to The Major Mitchell`s Cockatoo in Australia

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  • PSUK Shop - Donation to Parrot Conservation in Bolivia

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  • PSUK Shop - Donation to The Major Mitchell`s Cockatoo in Australia

  • PSUK Shop - Donation to Parrot Environmental Education in Columbia

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  • PSUK Shop - Donation to The Kakapo in New Zealand

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  • PSUK Shop - Donation to The Yellow-shouldered Amazon in Bonaire

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  • PSUK Shop - Non-members' Tables

    Non-members' tables for the 23rd June 2024 Summer Show at Stafford County Showground are £20.00 each. Only one table can be booked per non-member, and only two entry wristbands can be booked. You will need to buy entry wristbands as well at £10 each, limited to two. This table will allow you to sell…

  • PSUK Shop - Non-members' Tables

    Non-members tables for Sunday 5th December are available for £25.00 each, with only TWO tables per non-member, and only TWO wristbands per table

  • PSUK Shop - Entry Wristbands

    Entry wristbands are available at £7.50 each, with a maximum of TWO per table or TWO per membership

  • PSUK Shop - Parrot-watching in Brazil - two volume set

    Buy both well-illustrated volumes at a discounted price. Great to add to your collection, to give as a present, or as attractive coffee-table books. Price includes postage & Packing within the UK

  • PSUK Shop - Member's Table

    Members' Tables are available to reserve at £12.50 each, with only TWO tables per member, and TWO wristbands per table

  • PSUK Shop - National Exhibition - Non-members Tables

    Non-member's tables for The National Exhibition on 3rd October 2021 at Stafford County Showground are £25.00 each. Only two tables can be booked per non-member, and only two entry wrist bands can be booked per table. You will need to buy entry wrist bands as well (£10 each), limited to two per table…

  • PSUK Shop - Pet Parrot Gathering 2023

    Our Pet Parrot Gathering this year is on Saturday 8th July in the Prestwood Centre of Stafford County Showground from 10.00 am until 3.00 pm. Everyone attending will receive YELLOW entry wristbands, which are £8.00. Wristbands on the door on the day will be £10.00 each. This event is the culmination…

  • PSUK Shop - Help the Birdkeepers Show (December)

  • PSUK Shop - Entry Wristbands

    Entry Wrist Bands £10.00 each, maximum two per table or two per membership. Table holders are allowed entry at 7.00 am and will receive YELLOW entry wristbands. Members will enter at 7.30 with ORANGE entry wristbands. The Public will enter at 9.30am with PINK wristbands. We will check all applications…

  • PSUK Shop - The Summer Show entry wristbands

    Summer Show 9th July 2023. Table holders are allowed entry at 7.00 am, and will receive PINK entry wristbands. PSUK members will receive BROWN entry wristbands, allowing entry at 7.30 am. Non-members will receive LIME GREEN entry wristbands, with entry permitted at 9.30 am. We will check all applications…

  • PSUK Shop - Summer Show Non-members Tables

    Non-member’s tables for the 10th July 2022 Summer Show at Stafford County Showground are £20.00 each. Only two tables can be booked per non-member, and only two entry wristbands cab be booked per table. You will need to buy entry wristbands as well at £8 each, limited to two per table. These tables…

  • PSUK Shop - Brazil 2011 - Living the Dream

    A comprehensive pictorial record of a trip to Brazil to see Hyacinthine Macaws in their natural environment. An amazing experience, with many other birds and animals seen along the way

  • PSUK Shop - The Summer Show - non-members' tables

    Non-member's tables for the Summer Show 9th July 2023 at Stafford County Showground will be £20 each. Only one table can be booked per non-member, and only two entry wristbands may be booked per table. You will need to buy entry wristbands as well at £8 each. These tables allow you sell canaries, finches…

  • PSUK Shop - Buyers Cards

    Buyers Cards will be available to non-members who do not wish to provide table holders with their name and address when buying a bird. It is a legal requirement for the seller to fill in a form detailing birds sold, and these cards will have a number on them that the seller can include on his returns…

  • PSUK Shop - Pet Parrot Gathering II shirt

    Short-sleeved blue shirt with PPG II logo on front, and sponsor logos on back. (For rear view see Pet Parrot Gathering) Sizes S,M,L,XL,XXL - please state size with order. For collection at show ONLY - these items will not be sent out in advance.

  • PSUK Shop - Member's Tables

    Member's Tables £14.00 each. Member's Tables for 1st October are £14.00 each, only two tables per membership and two entry wristbands can be booked per table.

  • PSUK Shop - Non-member's Tables

    Non-member Tables £25.00 each. Non-member Tables for 1st October are £25.00 each, only two tables per non-member and only two entry wristbands can be booked per table. These tables do not include entry wristbands, please see above.

  • PSUK Shop - Buyer's Card

    A simple way of allowing sellers and buyers to complete the legally required sales form on each table, without publicising name and address. Each card costs just £1, and will be be printed with a number unique to that buyer, and will be valid just for the day of the show.

  • PSUK Shop - Members' Tables

    Members' Tables for the Summer Show 23rd June 2024 at Stafford County Showground are £14.00 ea. Only two tables per membership and two entry wristbands can be booked per table. Please read carefully the full conditions at PSUK Show Information.

  • PSUK Shop - Summer Show

  • PSUK Shop - Entry Wristbands

    Summer Show Sunday 23rd June 2024. Table holders are allowed entry at 7.00 am and will receive ORANGE entry wristbands. Members will receive PINK entry wristbands, where entry is at 7.30 am. Non-members will receive RED entry wristbands, where entry is allowed from 9.00 am. We will check all applications…