>greetings folks from the other side of the world,
>i am interested in knowing how australian folks view
>parrots such as***atoos, lories, etc. do many people
>keep them for pets? here in the US, folks will pay
>$1,400 or so for an umbrella***atoo, $2,300 for a
>greater sulfer-crested, $25,000 for a gang-gang, etc.
When people do pay that much they should consider the incredible
cruelty inflicted on those birds when they are smuggled out of
Australia to the US. These birds are hidden in suitcases in
tubes, and drugged without water, food or air for the duration
of the flight. Most of these birds die, but the odd one that
does survive the trip they can sell for the prices you mention
make it all worthwhile (in the smugglers minds anyway...)
Anyone buying an Australian bird in the US should consider that.
Yes, some people do breed them - but check carefully - the
papers may be forged.
>i gather that in australia, such birdies are considered
>more pests than pets?
Not necessarily. They're natural wildlife here, and I think it's
great living in a suburb that doesn't look different from most
suburbs you might find in American cities, yet being blessed
by the many colourful parrots flying around and sitting
in trees. When I lived in Sydney (near the Lane Cove Reserve)
there were groups of 20-25 galahs (pink and grey***atoos) who'd
wander around the neighbourhood eating seed from the local grass.
There was a nest of***atoos I passed everyday as I walked to
work; big sulphur crested white ones.
Farmers hate them for eating their seed, but farmers hate all
native animals who do this for this reason. The birds are not unique.
"[NSF head] Dr. Wolff suggested barring mature services [..] In particular,
NSF could bar the mail and news protocols [..] from the backbone and thereby
encourage private providers to offer a national mail backbone [..]" -RFC 1192.