Need feathers. Yellow-tailed black cockatoo

To: "'Dan Rayner'" <>, "'Mark Clayton'" <>
Subject: Need feathers. Yellow-tailed black cockatoo
From: "Peter Ormay" <>
Date: Tue, 29 Apr 2014 22:36:02 +1000
Hello Dan,
I have 3 Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo tail feathers that I have collected
over the last 40 years in the area. I would be happy to donate them to the
cause of extending the friendship with the original American People if you
would like to try your luck with the authorities.
Kind Regards

-----Original Message-----
From: Dan Rayner  
Sent: Monday, 28 April 2014 7:32 PM
To: Mark Clayton
Cc: Canberra Birds
Subject: Need feathers. Yellow-tailed black cockatoo

Thanks Mark,

I appreciate your advice and as an avid bird lover I would certainly not
want anyone to even remotely consider the idea that I had taken a feather
from a bird I had killed. I knew that exporting (or even keeping) native
animals was illegal without a permit but I guess i hadn't really thought
about feathers - my cockatiel drops them all the time (makes a right mess!).
I'll get friend to consider something else.

Thanks again

Kind regards,

Dan Rayner

> On 28 Apr 2014, at 4:51 pm, "Mark Clayton" <> wrote:
> 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.
> Cheers,
> Mark
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Dan Rayner 
> Sent: Monday, 28 April 2014 4:27 PM
> To: 
> Subject: [canberrabirds] Need feathers. Yellow-tailed black cockatoo
> Hi All,
> I mostly enjoy just reading posts to this group but now I have a 
> request for advice.
> 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
> 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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