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A friend of mine is moving to Australia this summer and is buying a bird when she gets there. I was just wondering what birds are available over there? Like can you make me a little list and the estimated prices please? She's moving to Perth and I'm going over next year to help her find a healthy bird etc and for a holiday ;) but she'd really like to know! If you can help then thanks guys! Much appreciated :)
 

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Not sure about the kinds of birds they have over there, but I think it is great that you are helping your friend out in buying one! You know what you are doing and you'll know how to direct them through buying everything, including the bird, and correctly show them how to care for it. I was more than happy to help my aunt when she bought a cockatiel. I love helping people out when it comes to birds!
 

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Same! And I'm flying a massive journey just to go there haha! Luckily they're letting me and my boyfriend stay for a few weeks so that will be nice. But she's actually looking for a rehome. She isn't sure what she wants though. I'm giving her my books to read at the moment. But I can't find any info out on what is available. She may buy one if she has the money to do so, but she's got her heart set on a rehome. So she wants me to help pick one out :lol:
 

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Same! And I'm flying a massive journey just to go there haha! Luckily they're letting me and my boyfriend stay for a few weeks so that will be nice. But she's actually looking for a rehome. She isn't sure what she wants though. I'm giving her my books to read at the moment. But I can't find any info out on what is available. She may buy one if she has the money to do so, but she's got her heart set on a rehome. So she wants me to help pick one out :lol:
Lucky!! I wish I could go to Australia. As for birds over There I have no idea I never went there before. :)
 

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I'd probably find it harder to go if I had to pay for the accommodation but I don't so that's good. My flights are around £800 and I'm taking 800+ to spend over there just in case. It goes to food too. I wont be going until next Christmas though (2012) well a few weeks before. This year I'm staying in the UK. Still going to go on holiday though. Then next year back to Florida hehe. Then Australia. And in 2013 I'm going to Japan. I love traveling... can you tell? :lol: A couple of years ago I'd never even been out of this country, but then I moved in with my grandparents (okay.. a couple of years = 5 XD) my nan went on holiday loads so she took me. If I'd still be living with my mom then I'd have never gone :(
 

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I'd probably find it harder to go if I had to pay for the accommodation but I don't so that's good. My flights are around £800 and I'm taking 800+ to spend over there just in case. It goes to food too. I wont be going until next Christmas though (2012) well a few weeks before. This year I'm staying in the UK. Still going to go on holiday though. Then next year back to Florida hehe. Then Australia. And in 2013 I'm going to Japan. I love traveling... can you tell? :lol: A couple of years ago I'd never even been out of this country, but then I moved in with my grandparents (okay.. a couple of years = 5 XD) my nan went on holiday loads so she took me. If I'd still be living with my mom then I'd have never gone :(
The only time I was out of the US is when I was born. :( I wish I could travel.
 

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I hope you can do too! Where were you born? (if you don't mind me asking xD)
 

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I've never been out of America, either. Daisy, your grandparents seem to spoil you! :D
 

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Awesome!

And I know they do Abby! Makes up for my rubbish child hood XD
 

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I think they have a much more limited option of parrot species available as pets, due to very strict import laws, and the 'exotic' species over there are very expensive. I do believe it's mostly the South American species that are hard to find over there, but I could be wrong, never actually been there :giggle: I know linnies go for $2,000 over there, to give u an idea of the crazy prices for a species that costs $100 here :eek:
 

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I saw blue and gold macaws for $6300 there! I was like WHATTT!? haha. I know lories, lorikeets, budgies, 'tiels, 'toos are quite popular. Ekkies seem to be too. Hmm I don't know... Maybe I'll just have to wait and see!
 

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I am way on the other side of Australia and I know that Western Australia has some very strict laws especially regarding Exotic Birds (non native Australian). Some you are not allowed to have at all, like Quakers and some of the Lory's. I think they are pretty strict about birds that are on CITES lists too.

In all states of Australia most species of Australian birds require a license to keep them. But there are exempt birds and these vary from state to state. In New South Wales there are about 42 species of birds that are exempt, so no license is required. I have looked at Western Australia and just can't seem to find a list of birds that are exempt. You may need to contact The Department of Agriculture for a list. This brochure may give you some idea and also has the contact information.

http://www.agric.wa.gov.au/objtwr/imported_assets/content/aap/ol/bulletin4604.pdf

Over here you will not find many opportunities to re-home a bird. In NSW you sometimes see them at the RSPCA but not that often. Be very careful of Classified Ads for birds over here, if it sounds too good to be true it probably is too good to be true. Ads for things like Hyacinth Macaws, Toucans and fertile eggs are scams. Only a few pairs of Hyacinths ever came here and there are no Toucans and they are not allowed. No legitimate breeder would ever sell fertile eggs.

As for prices you would just have to look as they vary so much. Remember Pet or Bird Shops have a minimum of 100% mark up on what they sell. You may be best to buy if possible from a breeder. Here is a link to some of the clubs in WA. If you buy a copy of The Australian Birdkeeper Magazine that also has lists by state and also advertises breeders usually by state.

http://www.birddealer.com/australianbirdsclubs.html#wa

http://www.birdkeeper.com.au/
 

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Thanks Kate all of that is great help. I will be sure to read it asap! Thank you very much. I never knew there was that much to go into.
 

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There is over here. We are very protective of our birds here. Maybe abit too much. I think some of them should be legally exported, especially if they are plentiful and a problem to farmers. I would rather see the sent overseas instead of possibly being killed. We are very protective of our borders and are extremely careful about allowing birds and animals into the country. Because we are an island and pretty much isolated from the rest of the world we don't see many of the diseases you see overseas. Like we don't have Rabies at all. We are also free of Hoof and Mouth Disease and the Newcastle Disease we have here is not as virulent as overseas and usuallly only confined to poultry and not cage birds. We also don't have Bird Flu (H5N1). There have been about 5 outbreaks here but many years ago. Bird imports into Australia basically stopped completely in 1994 after an outbreak of Newcastles Disease in England. Birds are pretty much only able to be imported through England and I think from memory most animals have to go to England for quarantine and then here and quarantine again. Hence the reason why over here Exotic birds are pretty scarce and very expensive, especially with the Macaws as they can take so long to get to breeding age. Only juveniles were ever imported so some people had to wait over 10 years for them to be old enough to breed. There are some very common ones like Indian Ringnecks, African Lovebirds and the like.
 

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I can see where you're coming from, the rules seem to be pretty hard. Do you buy all your birds off breeders or are they rehomes etc?
 

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That was great information, Kate. Awesome posts! :)
Daisy- Who will take care of your birds and your boyfriend's birds while you are gone?
 

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His parents take care of his and my granddad takes care of mine. They know what to do! Hahah. Trained them well
 

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A bit of each Daisy. Most of my re-homes though have come privately and not through an organization. Like Oliver the Long Billed Corella that arrived just before Christmas. His original owner had moved back to England and one of their friends took him in. They really didn't want him so another friend who is in my Parrot Club but did not want him asked if I did. So I got Oliver. Poor dear really didn't have a name, maybe the original owner had but no one else knew it so I named him Oliver.

Being a pensioner I don't have the money to spare to buy birds usually but because I hand raise I will often be paid with one of the babies I raise. Others will pay me to hand raise and I may buy a bird I want out of those funds.
 

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That's fair enough Kate. At least you make money from doing so! So wait, how many birds do you have in total now?
 
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