Avian Expert Articles

Ann Brooks

Ann Brooks is co-Founder of the Phoenix Landing Foundation, an adoption and education organization serving several east coast states. She loves to promote parrot care information that helps birds to thrive, and works with other Phoenix Landing volunteers to make good adoption matches. Her passion is nutrition and she wrote the “Nourish to Flourish” cookbook. She is a huge fan of the quality products offered by Lafeber.

Ann also organizes an annual Phoenix Landing eco-tour to support wild parrot conservation and research. That interest led to this Lafeber series, called “The Global Parrot.” She hopes others will also support the many dedicated scientists who are working so hard to preserve the parrots species we love and value so much.

Ann has lived with birds for over 30 years. Phoenix, her greenwing macaw, is the inspiration behind Phoenix Landing. Most birds need a succession of good homes, through no fault of their own. She realized that Phoenix should outlive her, and wanted to make sure there was a reliable adoption apparatus in place to ensure that Phoenix has a place to “land.” So she retired from her senior federal position to volunteer full-time with Phoenix Landing, which was 20 years old in 2020.

By 2020, Phoenix Landing had rehomed almost 3,100 birds. Some of these have even required more than one home because people’s lives often change. Adoption is a positive, not a negative, way to acquire a deserving bird. Phoenix Landing believes that parrots need to be protected across their long lives and probable multiple homes. Ann believes that adoption is inevitable and organizations that provide life-long protection for individual birds is essential. Ann is a member of the Association of Avian Veterinarians AAV and an IAABC-certified behavior consultant.

Articles by AnnB:

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Lafeber’s Global Parrot Conservation Spotlight: The Pantanal of Brazil

Lafeber’s latest Conservation Spotlight takes us to Brazil, where the Instituto Arara Azul is fighting to save the majestic hyacinth macaw in its native Pantanal region.

African grey parrots in cage habitat

Lafeber’s Global Parrot Conservation Spotlight: Africa—Nigeria & the Democratic Republic of Congo

  Africa is the native land to several old-world parrot species. This month we will look at the ongoing work to protect the Congo African grey in Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). These parrots are quite beloved and famed in captivity, but their very existence in Africa is in serious jeopardy. While […]

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Lafeber’s Global Parrot Conservation Spotlight: Indonesia

Lafeber’s latest Conservation Spotlight takes us to Indonesia, where The Indonesian Parrot Project (IPP) has spent the past 20 years supporting conservation efforts for many parrot species, including Moluccan cockatoos, Eclectus, various other cockatoos, great-billed parrots, and lorikeets.

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Lafeber’s Global Parrot Conservation Spotlight: Bolivia

Wild parrot conservation groups are working hard to protect a wide diversity of parrot species. Lafeber is committed to helping as well with our Global Parrot conservation grant. This month’s spotlight takes us to Bolivia, South America, where the Conservación del Loro Boliviano Foundation is fighting to save macaws and other parrot species.

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