Marking and individual identification of exotic birds for record keeping purposes

Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, 2007

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999

About the guide

This guide has been produced in consultation with representatives of the main avicultural bodies in Australia to assist exotic bird keepers to make informed decisions about marking and individually identifying the birds they hold.

Permanent individual identification of exotic birds will:

  • allow exotic bird keepers to keep accurate records of the birds they hold and breed
  • assist in proving the source of exotic birds under Australian Government legislation (the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999)
  • assist in proving ownership of a bird should it be stolen or escape, and
  • help to reduce illegal trade in exotic birds.

The method used to mark and identify each individual bird is a personal choice for each exotic bird keeper. Each bird keeper should use a system that best suits the species they hold and their individual circumstances.

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