If it is just one feather, you often can't tell, apart from that an old
feather will often show signs of wear. Moulted feathers always have a
undamaged base of the quill. Feathers taken from a freshly dead bird may
often show signs of a cut base (especially main flight feathers of big
birds because their feather are actually hard to remove). If there are
many feathers, such as an entire tail of a black cockatoo which is easy
enough to be impressed by, or an entire wing sequence it is unlikely to
be collected as moulted, simply because the chance of finding a full
set, is remote. The other case is if you have one bird in captivity, it
is possible to make an accurate collection of most of the feathers
during the course of its moult process.
The other issue is that for those that represent a sequence, you can't
tell if the feather collection comes from a bird found dead such as road
killed or killed by an predator and plucked and left in a pile and then
found or those from a bird killed for its feathers. It is really only
the latter case that is the problem, unless of course the fortuitous
inspired a market for others to obtain by destruction.
24 Castley Circuit
Kambah ACT 2902
02 - 62314041
On Behalf Of Carl Clifford
Sent: Friday, 30 October 2009 7:08 PM
Subject: Request for feathers
How can you tell the difference between a feather that has been
moulted and one that has been gained by killing the bird from which it
came from? I doubt that a person who has killed a bird to gain the
feathers will admit to the method in which it was obtained.
On 30/10/2009, at 6:12 PM, wrote:
SPAM or not. To me it is only a request for feathers - people worldwide
collect all sorts of stuff and feathers are for sure one of those.
Considering his age and that he obviously have been told about aussie
feather rules I can admit it is a bit weird to send such a request
But remember it is only(?) in Australia that it is illegal to collect
feathers, even naturally moulted ones. Thats weird to me..........
64ºN and snow in the air
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