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Red-whiskered bulbul amnesty ends this month

Thursday 18 May 2017

Bird owners are reminded that the current statewide amnesty on captive red-whiskered bulbuls (Pycnonotus jocosus) finishes at the end of the month.


The high-risk pest bird, a threat to horticultural crops and biodiversity, is a declared pest in South Australia, making it illegal to keep, transport, sell or release the bird.

The amnesty, managed by PIRSA Biosecurity SA and Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges, allows anyone keeping a bulbul to hand it in without penalty.

Anyone wishing to surrender a bird should contact the Pest Alert Hotline on 1800 084 881. The amnesty ends on Wednesday 31 May.

Quotes attributable to Manager Strategy, Policy and Invasive Species, John Virtue

The amnesty follows a recent and successful response that removed small populations of the birds found around the Houghton, Inglewood, Cudlee Creek and Mount Torrens areas.

As there is a possibility that pet bulbuls may be kept in private dwellings the amnesty is to further reduce the risk posed by these birds.

Biosecurity SA would like to thank the public who contributed to the response, particularly in reporting sightings. We urge anyone who wants to surrender their own bird to contact us as soon as possible.

Surrendered birds will be handled and treated in line with animal welfare guidelines and standards.

Background

The red-whiskered bulbul is a sparrow-sized bird with a distinctive black crest unlikely to be confused with any other bird in the region. They have a loud chattering call and are often associated with fruiting trees.

Red-whiskered bulbuls are native to South-east Asia and were introduced to Sydney in the 1880s. There are now well established pockets of red-whiskered bulbul populations on the east coast of Australia.

Previous incursions of bulbuls in South Australia in the 1980s and 1990s and 2016 were successfully controlled, preventing them becoming established.

Any surrendered birds will be treated with strict animal welfare standards, with an option to rehouse the bird interstate.

View further information on the red-whiskered bulbul.

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