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Where should I purchase a bird from?

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: https://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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Updated on July 17, 2023

RSPCA Australia believes that captive-bred wild animals should not be kept in a home environment or for companion purposes unless the species has been clearly identified as being suitable for this purpose. It is important that animals living in a home environment can live a good life. This means providing for their physical health and ensuring opportunities to fully express their individual interests and experience good welfare. Inadequate care and husbandry are reported to contribute to common and serious welfare compromises in many captive wild animals living in home environments. For more information see our policy.

The reality is, however, that captive-bred wild animals are kept in home environments despite sometimes not meeting these criteria (e.g., some reptile and bird species). Because of this, the RSPCA has produced these articles on the care and welfare of a variety of commonly kept captive-bred wild animals. The aim is to help people better understand their animals as individuals and provide them with care that keeps them healthy and provides opportunities for positive mental experiences as much as possible in captivity.

Wild animals must not be taken from the wild to be kept as companion animals (pets).

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