Parrot Society of New Zealand

Parrot Society Convention 2018

Katrin Scholtyssek


Katrin Scholtyssek (ACTP) along with Cromwell Purchase (AL WABRA) Will be jointly presenting information that will be shared with us all in April at our convention. Following is Katrin's biography which outlines the exciting job that she has and the privilege of working with some of the worlds rarest and difficult parrot species to maintain and breed.

Katrin Scholtyssek's Biography:

For as long as I can remember I have lived with birds. My family always kept Budgies as pets and they welcomed wild birds in their backyards. I got my first pet budgie whilst attending primary school, and he lived with me for an extraordinary 16 years!
Biology has always interested me, so I took part in an advanced course in school, which led me to study it further afterwards.
In 2004 I bought an African Grey Parrot; he was an incredible creature with his unique personality and high level of intelligence. From there my fascination with parrots grew and I was soon hooked on this incredible group of birds!
I studied Biology at the University of Potsdam in Germany, where my focus was zoological subjects. Within 2 months of completing my diploma I was offered my dream job with the Association for the Conservation of Threatened Parrots e.V (ACTP). This was 2012; I started working as a keeper at the breeding facility, where I got know all of the personalities of the individual birds. I also began recording behavioural, health and nutritional data suitable to be published further down the track.
ACTP's main focus is to establish safety net populations of threatened parrots. A large population of offspring is required for this and with the data collection of breeding behaviour we can optimise the breeding conditions for every species.
ACTP has given me the experiences that I never dreamed of! I have the privilege to manage projects such as protection programmes for Caribbean Amazons, Amazona Guildingii and Amazona Versicolour, which not only include work in their natural habitat, but also the breeding of these incredible birds in Germany. I have been able to expand my knowledge of health management, behavioural studies, artificial incubation and hand raising of an incredible range of species, such as Hyacinth and Lear's macaws, Caribbean Amazons, Black Cockatoos and also the Spix's macaws, a species which is considered extinct in the wild. It is incredibly satisfying to be able to put my knowledge and effort into a project, which is nothing less, than saving a species.