Pros and Cons of Exporting Australian Avif auna

Denis Carlisle



In the following paper I will explain the associated problems involved in the capture and exporting of pest species of birds. My presentation will be in five parts:

• a brief outline of Australia;

• the benefits of exporting birds,

including revenue derived;

• crop damage and trapping;

• smuggling of Australian birds; and

• the role of dealers and trappers.


Many of the world's 8500 species of birds are now kept in captivity, and the ancestry of a number of the more spectacularly coloured species of these birds can be traced back to Australia.

Most people have heard of this island continent of ours. Quite a number of you may have even visited Australia. For those not familiar with this "landdown-under" I have included the following.

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