4 more lifers

To: John Harris <>
Subject: 4 more lifers
From: Michael Todd <>
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2005 21:00:26 +1000
Hello John,

It would be a relatively easy matter for an aviculturist to fudge the number of offspring that are produced so as to be be able to smuggle a few overseas. Secondly, captive-bred birds would be far more likely to survive a cramped trip overseas.

Thirdly the amount of effort, money and risk involved in catching GSP from the wild would make it not worth the risk in the case of an easily bred bird like the GSP.

I'm not saying that this would be the case for all Australian birds, but I'm 99% sure that it would be for GSP. Other birds that might fit into the same category would be Gouldian Finch and Princess Parrot.



Michael Todd Wildlifing Images & Sounds of Nature
Latest Additions: Awaba's Masked Owls
Toronto, NSW, Australia 04101 23715

John Harris wrote:

I have to agree that GSP's are more abundant in aviculture, but birds that are 
smuggled out of Australia are more often from wild populations that captive 
ones, as permits are required to purchase native fauna.


John Harris
Environmental Education Officer
Donvale Christian College
155 Tindals Rd Donvale 3111
03 9844 2471
0409 090 955

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