The Western Australian community can have its say about the management of pest parrots and cockatoos as part of a new online survey.
The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) is developing a Pest Parrot and Cockatoo Strategy to help guide the collaborative management of declared pest birds in WA and is looking for input.
DPIRD research scientist Susan Campbell said parrots and cockatoos were intelligent and highly inquisitive birds, and both introduced and native species could cause a range of impacts in urban, peri urban and rural areas.
“Pest parrots and cockatoos compete with native bird species and can cause substantial damage to crops and infrastructure,” Dr Campbell said.
“As such, several species of parrots and cockatoos are declared pests under the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007 (BAM Act) and are subject to control measures.
“To assist the development of the WA Pest Parrot and Cockatoo Strategy, we are seeking input from stakeholders and the community to provide an understanding of experiences with pest birds and community views on potential control options for WA.
“An important part of this work is a survey of public attitudes to the control declared pest parrots and cockatoos.”
Birds of interest in the survey include: rainbow lorikeet, sulphur-crested cockatoo, Indian ringneck parakeet, Alexandrine parakeet, galah, western corella and little corella.
An online survey is now open for people to have their say at https://yoursay.dpird.wa.gov.au/.
Submissions close 31 March 2023.
Megan Broad/Jodie Thomson, media liaison (08) 9368 3937