Status of birds in Victoria

Subject: Status of birds in Victoria
Date: Mon, 18 Jun 2007 14:38:07 +1000
This is mainly for the birding-aus archives but also for list members 

It is an issue related to the destruction of birds in Victoria (not my 
area of expertise).  A colleague of  mine (Ian Temby) has kindly provided 
the following information.  The information is based on that found in the 
Victorian Wildlife Act 1975.

cheers, Martin

Martin O'Brien
Wildlife Biologist - Threatened Species & Communities Section
Department of Sustainability and Environment
2/8 Nicholson St. (PO Box 500),
East Melbourne  3002


Hi Martin

As discussed, the default position for all native birds in Victoria is 
that they are protected.

Three species of cockatoos, the Long-billed Corella, Sulphur-crested 
Cockatoo and Galah, are declared unprotected throughout the state, subject 
to certain conditions and restrictions.  This means that certain classes 
of people can destroy these species when they are causing certain kinds of 
damage, by shooting or by trapping and gassing (further details available 
from the DSE website - search for 'cockatoos').

Many other species of birds can be destroyed under permit to protect crops 
or property.  These permits usually apply to a specified private property, 
are for a specific number of birds of the nominated species, over a 
defined period.

DSE's consistent message is that non-lethal options (scaring, exclusion) 
should be employed or considered, before resorting to lethal control, and 
that lethal control should generally only be used to supplement a scaring 



Ian Temby, MAppSc, 1999 Churchill Fellow
Senior Biodiversity Officer-Wildlife Damage Control 
Flora & Fauna Program, Port Phillip Region
Department of Sustainability and Environment
30 Prospect Street

Phone    039 296 4664

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