Birds

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).

Articles

  • Persons in built up areas or special rural zones planning to trap declared vertebrate pests, using means other than cage traps, must apply for a permit from the Department of Agriculture and Food,

  • Many non-native or introduced exotic animals (mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians) have established feral populations in Western Australia, and have become pests as they cause damage to agricul

  • The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) is leading the development of a post-border surveillance and detection plan that meets the needs of Western Australia and is suppor

  • This web page is part of the Bait and poison directory for vertebrate pests in Western Australia.

  • This article provides information about management of rainbow lorikeets to reduce the damage they often cause in southern Western Australia.

  • The rainbow lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus) is a declared pest in Western Australia (WA). It is a small, brightly coloured parrot that was introduced to WA during the 1960s.

  • This article provides information on the identification, biology, and pest potential of the sulphur-crested cockatoo in the south-west of Western Australia.

  • This article provides information on the identification, biology, and pest potential of sparrows in Western Australia.

  • This article provides information on the identification, biology, and pest potential of the blackbird in Western Australia.

  • A number of starlings have recently been detected along the State's south coast. This article provides information on the identification, biology, impact and management of the common starling.