Some birds are flight risks

Pilbara News - - Lifestyle - Rose Best

■ 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.

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