Some birds are flight risks
■ There are many different species of birds, but some are more common than others for keeping as pets.
Our fascination with parrots seems to come from their brightly coloured feathers and their ability to talk or mimic.
Other birds that capture our imagination are brightly coloured ducks, finches, doves, pheasants and pigeons.
Some of these birds are not native to Australia and therefore require a licence in order to keep them.
Others are native to a particular area of Australia, and also require a licence to keep them because they may be classed as “specially protected”.
For example, birds such as Major Mitchell’s cockatoo which is vulnerable in NSW and Queensland, rare in SA, threatened in Victoria and in need of special protection in WA; pet owners require an advanced avicultural licence.
Birds such as Indian ringnecks, Alexandrines, sulphur-crested cockatoos, as well as certain conures, lovebirds and parakeets, all require a restricted licence, which is free and must be renewed annually.
Birds such as macaws, certain species of conures, parakeets and lovebirds, require a restricted bird-keeping licence which costs $30 annually.
Birds that are held under a restricted licence also have specific requirements that need to be met, such as double-doored, locked aviaries.
Failure to hold a correct and valid licence for your bird could result in it being cancelled.
To find out if you need a licence for your pet bird, visit the Department of Parks and Wildlife website or call the Pilbara Wildlife Carers Association on 0438 924 842.