Re: birding-aus Re: Spotted Bowerbird record in SE Qld

To: palliser <>, Mike & Judy Hines <>, Mike Owen <>, "" <>
Subject: Re: birding-aus Re: Spotted Bowerbird record in SE Qld
From: Alwyn Hunt <>
Date: Mon, 22 Mar 1999 16:26:21 +1030

Hi to all at birding-aus
You are quite right Mike (Owen)... SA has tight/extensive legislation
taking, keeping, trading, importing/exporting fauna, (even to/from other
Aust.States). In respect to birds (and reptiles) there is a limited list
unprotected species and an even more limited list of exempt species. In
to any of these listed species, individuals may keep one animal of a
(note: not one of each species) listed as protected (extensive listings)
a permit.

Permits are of three classes enabling holders to keep and sell species
as listed. Sale are restricted to species bred and/or kept in captivity
for 6 months. A "fauna dealers licence" is also mandatory under certain
conditions.  Permits are subject to
strict controls and to annual reporting of all transactions inc. births,
deaths, purchases, sales, etc. (and hopefully, are expensive to obtain
!). Penalties for breaches are substantial.

I have scanned a summary of the SA Permit/Licensing System together with
the birds/animals species schedules. It's an HTML file of about 25Kb.
Rather than attach it here, I would be happy to forward it to anyone who
would like it. 
Alwyn Hunt
Victor Harbor.

Mike Owen wrote:

> birding-aus
> palliser wrote:
> > This brings me to another subject regarding escapees, perhaps someone could
> > help answer?
> >
> > 1. What native birds are you allowed to keep in captivity?  Is Spotted
> > Bowerbird on the list?
> In Queensland, only finches, parrots, ducks, quail, doves and
> pigeons can be kept, and not all members of those groups. No
> softbills, raptors, and definately not bowerbirds.  Each state
> varies, NSW probably has the most extensive list, but still
> prohibits the keeping of a very extensive list of birds.  I
> believe SA also has a quite extensive list, but don't know the
> details, and have little idea of VIC or WA but believe they are
> quite restrictive, although QLD seems the most restrictive of all
> states.  The last figures I saw for NSW were dated May 1995, and
> 18 Spotted Bowerbirds were registered with the NWS NPWS at that
> time, along with 94 Regent and 138 Satin Bowerbirds.  Most of
> these I suspect were in faunal parks and zoos such as
> Featherdale.
> > 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!
> cheers,
> Mike Owen
> Queensland
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