birding-aus Native birds in captivity

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Subject: birding-aus Native birds in captivity
From: "D&C Fraser" <>
Date: Sat, 20 Mar 1999 22:44:04 +1100
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                   I think that anyone who knows keepers of caged birds realises that some of them will incarcerate anything they can lay their hands on, whether by fair means or foul. A few years ago while working on a construction job in Sale Vic, a pair of fearless and determined Spotted Pardalotes decided to excavate their nest burrow right beside excavations for a concrete path. One of the workers, a parrot breeder and aviary fanatic was all for netting them and adding them to his collection. Luckily I was able to dissuade him, citing their very special dietary requirements etc. etc.! As the birds had no future nesting in that spot I dug up the burrow,-----three times, before they took the hint and moved to a hopefully safer spot.
              Duncan Fraser.
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