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Where should I purchase a pet bird from?

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Last updated: 09 Sep, 2016
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If you are looking for a pet bird please check with your RSPCA shelter(s) or other reputable animal rescue organisation first to see if they have any birds you may be interested in adopting. You can have a look on the Adoptapet website at this link: http://www.adoptapet.com.au/

If you don't find the right bird for you at a rescue shelter, the next step is to find a responsible bird breeder so you can purchase your pet bird directly from where the bird was born and raised. This is important to ensure that the breeder provides a high standard of living conditions and excellent care to all of their birds including their breeding pairs. In this way, only responsible bird breeders are supported.

Avoid purchasing a pet bird from a pet shop or via the internet or newspaper ads without being able to visit the breeder's facility. Without seeing the breeding facility in person it is impossible to ensure the breeder provides high welfare standards and good care to their birds. It is also very important to ensure that the birds have not been captured from the wild. Taking birds from the wild is usually illegal and captive wild birds tend to be more distressed due to constrained and unfamiliar surroundings in an aviary. Please contact your state department responsible for wildlife for more information.

Please see the articles below for more information about birds and responsible breeding.

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