Re: birding-aus Birds in Captivity (was Re: Spotted Bowerbird)

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Subject: Re: birding-aus Birds in Captivity (was Re: Spotted Bowerbird)
From: "Vicki Parslow Stafford" <>
Date: Fri, 19 Mar 1999 23:56:08 -0500

> From: Mike Owen <>
> To: palliser <>
> palliser wrote:
> > 2. What unusual Australian birds have you seen in captivity and where?
> 6 Kookaburras in a bird dealer in Yorkshire, England, all
> laughing at the top of their voice in a small room.  Apparently
> the biggest breeder of Kookaburras in North America lives in
> Anchorage, Alasaka, and has about 6 breeding pairs (they breed
> easily in captivity) in her family room!

On a related note, perhaps Mike and others could answer something that's
been puzzling me for a while.

On a number of US newsgroups and mailing lists I subscribe to, mention is
occasionally made of pet shop vendors, breeders and owners of Australian
fauna that, as far as I know, are protected species in Australia and not
generally the subject of legitimate trade.  Mike Owen mentioned
kookaburras. Apparently sugar-gliders also are something of a fashionable
pet, and recently some US posters have spoken of having pet wallabies.

What gives?  Can anyone enlighten me as to how these and other species,
which cannot be kept simply as pets or traded in here in Australia, have
come to be so common in the US.  Is this purely as a result of illegal
trade, or are there legitimate avenues for this to occur?

Enquiring mind wants to know

Vicki PS
Vicki Parslow Stafford                 |  "Even if you can't live up
(Procrastination While U Wait)    |   to your destiny, you can
                         |   at least have one".
Ipswich, Qld.  Australia   
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