Need feathers. Yellow-tailed black cockatoo

To: "'Dan Rayner'" <>
Subject: Need feathers. Yellow-tailed black cockatoo
From: "Mark Clayton" <>
Date: Mon, 28 Apr 2014 16:51:22 +1000
Hi Dan,

It is actually illegal to have in your possession without a permit any
feathers from Australian birds, or other piece of wildlife and it is
considered a serious crime to try and export them. All native animals belong
to "the Crown" i.e the Federal, State or Territory Governments. You could
try and get permits but this will most likely be refused as you would need
permits from, if the feathers for example are from the ACT, the ACT
Government, The NSW Government and the Federal Government.

When you think about it, if you are caught with prohibited wildlife, the
onus is on you to prove that you did not kill the species concerned,
something that would be quite hard to do. I think it would be hard even for
our Indigenous people to do something like this.

Sorry to put a "dampener" on this but better to be safe than sorry.


-----Original Message-----
From: Dan Rayner  
Sent: Monday, 28 April 2014 4:27 PM
Subject: Need feathers. Yellow-tailed black cockatoo

Hi All,

I mostly enjoy just reading posts to this group but now I have a request for

I have an anthropologist friend who works with US mid-west plains Native
American groups (Cheyenne & Sioux etc) visiting Australia right now and he
really wants to get them something to say thanks for their collaboration.
These groups like tail feathers of various birds and the current feathers in
fashion are the tail feathers of Australian black cockatoos, specifically
white-tailed & yellow-tailed cockatoos & palm cockatoos - very difficult to
come by in the US. I realise the most common of these in the ACT are
yellow-tailed black cockatoos but does anyone know where around Canberra I
might best find some tail feathers (that have been shed)?

Kind regards,

Dan Rayner

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