Did you know the rules and regulations for traveling in Australia vary from state to state? I believe that Western Australia is very strict on their regulations, which is what they are there to do, protect our state against unwanted diseases and pests. Before you think of traveling with a bird it is wise to check with the agriculture department on the rules before leaving home. This will save you time and money traveling to different places, and then find you cannot enter that particular state with your pet bird.
The monk parakeet (Myiopsitta monachus) Also known as Quaker parrot can be a very friendly and entertaining pet bird. Because of their early speaking ability, it is actually overtaking the cockatiel as the favourite bird to teach to talk in Australia. This bird was originally introduced into Australia as a pest from South America. The female is often smaller than the male, sexing is done with a DNA feather test. Colour: upper parts normally bright green. Forehead and breast, pale grey while underneath is light green to yellow, with a long tapering tail. Can often be a noisy and screeching bird.
Other birds not allowed into WA
Sulphur Crest Cockatoo – Plus Corellas, galahs and other cockatoos become very destructive as they flock together chewing their way through plant roots and trees. ( We do have thousands of Galahs in Western Australia)
A flock of any of these cockatoos can destroy your front lawn in a matter of hours. I have seen our neighbours lawn destroyed while out watching a football match. At the same time these can be beautiful pets. We had a Sulphur Crest Cockatoo that my daughter brought through the checkout legally many years ago. His name was tank and he was beautiful. He had never been in a cage, and when he made his home with us he had the run of our home and back yard. That is until a friend, notified calm. They came out and said he had to go into a cage. We were devastated, but decided to comply not wanting to break the rules. Within a few weeks, Tank was a completely different bird. It sent him mad. He screeched all day long. In the end we sent him to Perth to a large bird sanctuary where he could fly around in a very large cage. I hope this article will give you something to think about before buying your next pet bird if ever you want to travel around Australia with them.
Indian Ringneck parakeet (Psittacula krameri)
I did not know that the beautiful Indian Ringnecks that I bred for years, and hand trained could be a pest in Western Australia.These are not native to Australia, although often kept here like I said as a cage bird. It is when these birds escape that they become a risk for establishing breeding populations in the wild. Therefore we need to prevent them from escaping and breeding in the wild as they can be very destructive.
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