No Stopping Sydney Birdies!

One can hardly keep pace with the Sydney Birdie Meet Ups group. After only two Play Dates, the group already numbers 152 (parront) members! Most recently, Sunday, January 20th, the group held their Second Play Date at the gracious home of Shantel Telly Byrd. Owner of Yoshi’s Feathered Retreat and zoology student, Shantel excels at birdie enrichment interior design; her home provides a much-appreciated venue for meet-ups. Share in the fun vicariously through the below pictures!

Whether caique, eclectus, macaw, or cockatiel, from the socialization, enrichment and — oh, yes! — fine fare, fids and parronts alike rejoice in the time they have together at these meet-ups.

If you are on Facebook and are in the Sydney area, do join this Facebook group! If you are on Instagram, follow @birdsocialsoz for updates. Next Play Date happens Saturday March 30. Proof of recent vetting required for attendance.

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Merry New Year’s Moments in Melbourne!

A big thank you to Instagram’s @pablos_birdtoys, who provided this magnificent home and back garden — covered in permanent netting! — as the Place-for-Party-Parrots in Melbourne New Year’s Day.

Room to flap those wings or locomote bipedally abounded —

Of course, all birds present had recently been vetted — a requirement for bird socializing on this grand scale.

Enrichment of course abounded on the home premises of a birdtoy store owner:

Plenty of whoosh to wet the whistle and plenty of veggies to go around; yep, Adrienne Bennett of Bird Socials Australia (@birdsocialsoz) and Krisztina of Instagram’s Krisztina and Flock (@krisztinas.flock) were there!–

Yes, O Canada and northern US of A, these Downunder birds had nary a care of cold New Years Day! Rather they rung it in as well it should be in good cheer and joy and fancy-free!

For those of you in the Sydney area, hike on over to Facebook’s Second Sydney Play Date for details of another great gathering at Shantel Birdie’s January 20, 2019. Be sure to email vet reports to sydneybirdmeetup@gmail.com! This last step is mandatory.

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Christmas Fun in Canberra!

The first Saturday of December gay galahs and crafty cockatiels gathered — from Wagga Wagga to Wollongong — and descended on the unsuspecting Canberra, Australia’s Capital city to make merry the month! Under the leadership of Adrienne Bennett (@birdsocialsoz (IG)) and eclectus CharlieBirdUrquhart, meeting on social media at the Facebook’s Canberra Parrot Meet Up, this group had a fest, a party, a blast!  If you’re a parront in Canberra area, please join the group!

Galahs racing to gather in seed! Quakers preening as if there were need! Oh, yes, and somewhere the stockings were hung with care in hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there!

The mood was merry, the perches and food aplenty.  Smiles and laughter filled the room.

The cheer spread through the air as birds chirped and their eyes grew wide — in curiousity, in anticipation, in joy unlike they’d had before!

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These spirited sprites sung in the season, nary a tuning fork in sight!

For now, Ozzie and Kiwi birds meet in Facebook groups for announcements of meetups, but now under construction and soon to serve you, check out www.birdsocialsaustralia.org!

Keep your flight feathers primed: the parronts & fids in New Zealand are welcome to join Facebook group New Zealand Indoor Flight & Meetup Club at their next birdie social event. Next, January 20, 2019, at 1 pm, courtesy of Bird Socials Australia and Yoshi’s Feathered Retreat, that Sydney Birdie Meet Ups group will be ringing in the New Year!

So, parronts & fids! Happy, happy holidays & New Year! And let the parrots and cockatoos enrich your holiday fun and 2019!

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(Total Queens of Chicken Fluff! Courtesy of Kaza Bowler)

November 25: BBSC: Brisbane Awed by Chicken Beauty Queens

Led by Instagram’s @I_met_manko and @haus_of_mango, Brisbane Bird Social Club (FB) (@_@bbsc_ (IG)) hosted a Redcliff park event Sunday, November 25, 2018. Eight social parrots and chickens graced the park: Manko (macaw), Mango (conure), Bella and Silky (chickens),  BB the Alexandrine, Nancy the Loveliest (lorikeet), and Snowflake (quail).

Peruse below; this park adventure is only one of many varied settings this group arranges for bird meet-ups.  If you’re in the Brisbane area and on Facebook, ask to join the  BBSC Brisbane Bird Social Club group; if you’re on Instagram, follow @_bbsc_  to stay informed about upcoming events.


A picnic table spread with food at once appropriate, stylish and edible complemented the lattice-work protected patio.


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But, most of all, Manko in his modest graciousness was struck dumb by the utmost glamour of Bella and Silky’s total fluff! Did the gals talk their parronts into a walk to escape eager male eyes?


The birds, generally in harness, flaunted their stuff, thrilled to be outdoors and in a non-threatening but stimulating new environment.


Fellowship abounded among fids and parronts as well.


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November 24: Kiwis Courageous!

Another great meetup in Auckland this past Saturday, with lorikeets, an Indian ringneck, ecltecus parrots, and Senegal and African Grey parrots!  To learn the details of the next Auckland meet-up, contact Facebook’s Clive Willgoss or Ann-Sophie Salomez! These parronts and fids are eager to meet their bird-loving neighbors, and as you can see there’s a spacious room! Come on over next time and join the fun!


These fids are looking in their prime, but I’m thinking the parronts got a little camera shy this time—


While photos catch the parrots in their still glory, they were a whole lot more active than that!


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Those Awesome Ozzies are at it Again!

Adrienne Bennett (FB), that bird-loving, cross-country driving, energetic-amazing organizer behind Instagram’s @BirdSocialsOz, will hit the road from Melbourne to Canberra to facilitate another incredible Canberra meet-up December 1!

Contact Adrienne via FaceBook, Messenger or Instagram DM for additional details, dust off that travel carrier and get ready to arrive at this Bird Social in style, Canberrites!

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Courtesy of Shantal of @Sydney Birdie

Parrot Party in Sydney Style

Last week the parrots of Sydney partied like only Ozzie parrots know how! At the gracious private Rouse Hill residence of Shantel of Facebook Group @Sydney Birdie Meet Ups fame.

The fare was oh so fine!


The gracious companionability of friends and fids so heartwarming!



Fellowship and new friendships uplifted spirits!


It was truly, better than life ever really gets! If you’re a parront in the Sydney area, be sure to join this Facebook group!


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Magic Birb Meet-ups!

Last weekend the Ozzies put together two meet-ups which we report here: Brisbane and Melbourne.

The Brisbane Bird Social Club, a club of highly social birds and meet-up sophistication, enjoyed a taste of the outdoors under the novelty of a cleverly hung netting.


More’s the fun with large, active and growing club!


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For Melbourne, there was a touch of nostalgia in the room: it was the last meet-up of a successful year. Come back next year! And bring your bird friends with you!


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Awesome Auckland Birds Give Audience

Lorikeets, pionus, Indian ringnecks, conures and a Senegal parrot gathered their parronts in Auckland October 27 and demonstrated socialization to their parronts with great style.


This coming weekend Bird Socials Australia (@birdsocialozaustralia (IG)) establishes its Sydney presence; Brisbane Bird Social Club (@_bbsc_ (IG)) holds an outdoor meet-up under a tent of netting (see announcement below), and the Melbourne group hosts its final event for the year! Adrienne Bennett for Melbourne and Sydney details; contact Katheryn Tayleh (@i_met_manko (IG)) for further info about Melbourne’s event

Canberra on December 1 holds a meet-up hosted by Melissa Holz, and the Newcastle/Hunter groups are holding a December 15 meetup in Aberdare, NSW. Contact Laura Bertholli for the Aberdare event.

October 6: Melbourne parrots caper and tease

Melbourne birds gathered for their bird social event October 6, 2018. Eclectus parrots, quakers, cockatiels, conures, even ringnecks filled the hall . . . along with their parronts.


Whether on heads, shoulders, back or arms, parrots generally circulated with their humans, but there was also free time on perches.


Between eating — and eating — and socializing, the fids and parronts relaxed in the safe environment.


Parrots, of course, triumphed at keeping the center of attention, of course, on themselves.


All in all a good time was had by all.


Adrienne Bennett (FB) organized the event and is the go-to contact for future events in the Melbourne area. She is also a contact person for start-up groups in other locations. Note that all birds attending must meet certain health requirements. Please contact Adrienne for further information. Photos above are courtesy of Krisztina (@krisztinas.flock (IG)).


Cuteness Overload at the Brisbane BSC Cafe and Beach Sunday!!!


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Welcome to our new Psitta-Social page. When you have an announcement about a meet-up or club and need help spreading the word, just send it to us for announcements. We will do our best to publish, not as part of the monthly round, but upon submission.

DownUnder, under guidance of such FaceBook leaders as Adrienne Bennett, Clive Willgoss and Ann-Sophie Salomez. The contact for the Brisbane Bird Social Club on Instagram is @i_met_manko. The Instagram contact is the club’s organizer for bird-friendly cafe get-togethers, children’s activities like the painting class pictured below.

Adrienne Bennett notes also that new clubs in Adelaide (pictured below) and Canberra (also pictured below) are likely to have bi-monthly meet-up schedules.

Please, if you recognize yourself or others in the photos and want more detailed credits, contact us by DM, Messenger or at birbobserver@gmail.com

Upcoming Meet-Ups

Auckland, September 22 (Contact Clive Willgoss (free-flight) or Ann-Sophie Salomez (Parrot Socializing)

Melbourne (Parrot Socializing) October 6 (Contact Adrienne Bennett)

Commemorating the fun!

Photo credits to Instagram’s @Krisztinas.flock.

Adelaide, June 4, 2018


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Brisbane July Fun


Melbourne’s most recent


Canberra, August 11 ,2018




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