Traveling around Australia with Birds

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.

Monk Parrot Photo compliments of Dianne Wilson which is her pet bird
Monk Parrot Photo compliments of Dianne Wilson which is her 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.

Our Sulphur crest Cockatoo sitting on our shower
Our Sulphur crest Cockatoo sitting on our shower

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)

Galahs often flock together whether eating or drinking
Galahs often flock together whether eating or drinking

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.

Our breeding pair of Indian Rick-necked Parrots
Our breeding pair of Indian Rick-necked Parrots

Be prepared before  thinking of taking your next Holiday road trip 

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2 thoughts on “Traveling around Australia with Birds

  1. The only bird I’ve ever had, was when as a child, I had a budgie called Georgie. He was very talkative and we taught him to recite ‘Georgie Porgie pudding and pie, kissed the girls and made them cry.” He also used to shriek “You’re going to be late for school!” which is what my mom used to call to my sister every morning before breakfast. 🙂

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