This Convention is the eighth in a series beginning in 1986.  It continues the tradition of bringing people with an interest in parrots together in an exciting and intense atmosphere to exchange information and ideas for the benefit of the world's parrots, wild or in captivity. Globally the most important forum for the broadest discussions on this family of birds, the eighth convention will again combine aspects of aviculture with topics concerning the conservation of parrots.

The convention will be of interest to all persons with an interest in parrots and their well being, including   aviculturists, hobbyists and professionals maintaining and breeding parrots under captive conditions. The convention will deal with key aspects of management, care, breeding and welfare, with the objective to continue making significant advances for these widely-kept birds. The convention will also include presentations on the study and management of parrots in the wild, once again with the objective to highlight the relevance of field and captive in the conservation of psittacines.

The speakers are all  internationally recognised in their fields.

Taoro Convention Centre, Puerto de la Cruz
Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

Spanish, English, German, French: The presentations will be translated simultaneously.
22 - 25 September 2014
Taoro Convention Center, Puerto de la Cruz
Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

Presented by
Loro Parque and Loro Parque Fundacion

08.30 - 09.15
Dr. Mark Stafford
Loro Parque Fundación and Parrots International: Synergy in saving parrots

09.20 - 10.05
William Horsfield
An overview of the keeping and breeding of Black Palm Cockatoos in South Africa

10.10 - 10.55
Dr. Carmela P. Española
Parrots in crisis in Luzon, Philippines

10.55 - 11.25
Coffee break

11.30 - 12.15
Dr. Auguste von Bayern
Avian Cognition: Innovative problem solving abilities of parrots and corvids

12.20 - 13.05
PD Dr. H. Martin Schaefer
Effective protection based on genetic analyses: the El Oro Parakeet as an example

13.10 - 13.40
Rudolf Christian
40 years of experience in breeding parrots and cockatoos

13.45 - 14.00
Peter Odekerken
Parrots in the wild, a photographic journey 1

20.30 h
Welcome by Mr. Marcos Brit, Mayor of Puerto de la Cruz
Buffet dinner at Playa Jardin by the ocean and under the stars.
September 22, 2014
September 23, 2014
September 24, 2014
08.30 - 09.15
Alonso Quevedo  Conservation of the threatened parrots of the Central Andes, Colombia

09.20 - 10.05
Prof. Dr. Michael Lierz Semen collection and artificial insemination – new tools in psittacine breeding and species conservation

10.10 - 10.40
Andreas Meyer Practical advice in the keeping and breeding of parrots

10.40 - 11.05
Coffee break

11.10 - 11.55
Prof. Carl Jones The restoration of the Echo Parakeet, what lessons have been learnt

12.00 - 12.45
Ricardo Valentín Key factors in successful reproduction in captivity of the Puerto Rico Parrot, Amazona vittata

12.50 - 13.20
Rafael Zamora Nests: designs, materials, systems, species, timing

13.25 - 13.40
Peter Odekerken Parrots in the wild, a photographic journey 2

Afternoon: Visits to La Vera Breeding center

Cocktails and dinner in Casa del Vino, followed by fireworks
Guest of honor Mr. Ricardo Melchior, President of Cabildo de Tenerife

08.30 - 09.15
Morten Bruun-Rasmussen What can we learn from scientific studies to improve the breeding of the Golden-shouldered Parakeet?

09.20 - 10.05
Prof. Robert Heinsohn -  Swift Parrot: challenges of conserving a migratory parrot beset by introduced predators

10.10 - 10.55
Dr. Franck Rival - Vision in parrots, ocular examination and most frequent ocular diseases

10.55 - 11.25
Coffee break

11.30 - 12.15
Dr. Andrea Fidgett - From ingredients to nutrients – a recipe for optimal parrot nutrition

12.20 - 13.05
Rosemary Low - Lories are my Life!

13.10 - 13.40
Prof. Ian Swingland - Biodiversity conservation as a business; the key successes of the Loro Parque Fundación

13.45 - 14.00
Peter Odekerken - Parrots in the wild, a photographic journey 3

Afternoon:  Visits to La Vera Breeding Center

20.30 h
Closing gala dinner in the gardens of the Hotel Botanico, followed by presentation of the Best Speaker awards
Guest of honor Mr. Paulino Rivero, President of the Canary Islands

Workshops (in English)

Hand-rearing, Parrot Nutrition, and Diseases:  prevention and treatment
Limited number of participants!
More information to come
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
September 26, 27, 28, 2014
9.00 pm
Opening: Mr. Wolfgang Kiessling  President of Loro Parque and Loro Parque Fundación
Icebreaker cocktail party in the Gardens of the Hotel Botánico.
September 25, 2014