Many introduced or exotic birds are also kept by aviculturists around Australia. It can take a long time for escaped birds and other animals to reach pest proportions but once established in the wild, introduced animals are usually impossible to eradicate.
Pest birds are unwelcome because they:
• damage fruit, cereal and horticulture crops
• displace native species
• destroy ecosystems
• foul houses and infrastructure
• transmit diseases
• cause a general nuisance to humans and our way of life.
A permit or licence is needed to keep many birds-both native and introduced. They can only be kept under certain conditions and are removed as soon as they are detected in the wild.
Some birds are prohibited from entering the state because of the risks they pose if they were to become established in the wild.
The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia manages pests in Western Australia through policy development, risk assessment, research and development, provision of technical advice and information, implementation of regulation, emergency response, property inspections, industry liaison, and the planning and coordination of significant species control/eradication programs.
For advice on pest birds, or import and keeping requirements, please search our website, the Department of Parks and Wildlife website or contact our Pest and Disease Information Service (PaDIS).