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Surrender the Red-Whiskered Bulbul Today

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South Australian bird owners are being reminded the statewide amnesty on captive red-whiskered bulbuls finishes at the end of May.

The bird which has been declared a pest in South Australia, is a threat to horticultural crops and biodiversity.

It is illegal to keep, transport or sell the bird in SA.

An amnesty, introduced by PIRSA Biosecurity SA is allowing anyone keeping a bulbul to hand it in without penalty for a further 2 weeks.

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

Manager of Strategy, Policy and Invasive Species John Virtue said the amnesty follows a recent successful response that removed small populations of the bird found around the Houghton, Inglewood, Cuddlee Creek and Mount Torrens area.

“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,” he said.

To surrender a red-whiskered bulbul, please contact the Pest Alert Hotline on 1800 084 881.

The amnesty ends Wednesday May 31, 2017.