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Old 23-08-2007

Can any of you Adelaide zoo-goers tell me whether you still have those hyacinth macaws, please?
(I believe they are the only ones in Australia.)
Are they very old?
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Old 24-08-2007

they are both males from memory and no, they are not very old i don't think.

fortunately they are not the only ones in australia, theough they are very few in number and the most expensive macaw by a long, long shot. even PRIAM does not breed the species.

i think ben said something about adelaide doing a swap for a female.
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Old 24-08-2007

yeah was in the works, alot of people are getting rid of there illegal ones because of the new rego scheme, but they want money, and the zoo doesnt have that
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yeah was in the works, alot of people are getting rid of there illegal ones because of the new rego scheme, but they want money, and the zoo doesnt have that
Is this not a case for federal legislators to prosecute and than confiscate the illegally held birds (to then place them in appropriate professional zoos and bird parks around Oz)?
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Yes, I thought that was where the Adelaide ones originated, as confiscated birds.

And it's news to me that there are any others in Australia.
This species was not allowed import back in the early 1990s when a few other macaws were allowed entry, so any others already here must be ancient.
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Old 25-08-2007

I was on a website the other day that had two young hyacinth macaws for sale... they were $30,000 each. I will try and find it again
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Yes, I thought that was where the Adelaide ones originated, as confiscated birds.

And it's news to me that there are any others in Australia.
This species was not allowed import back in the early 1990s when a few other macaws were allowed entry, so any others already here must be ancient.
You are right, they were confiscated birds and yes there are some old Hyacinth Macaws in oz, remember how long these birds live for.

The other Macaw species that were imported into oz in the 90s were, the blue & gold, the Scarlett Macaw, and the Greenwing Macaw. , second largest after the Hyacinth.
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Yes, and thank heavens a few were allowed import then. It was the saving of those three species in Australia. Prior to that they were virtually worth their weight in gold.

( I was intrigued by a description of Spix's macaw I read once which said that a Spix's macaw is worth it's own weight in cocaine! )
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Old 05-09-2007

I also think they imported another species at that time, the Hanns Macaw, a much smaller species
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Old 05-09-2007

theres actually quite a few macaw species in australia...

check out this site mark....(if you haven't already)

Priam Silver Dawn Farm
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Old 05-09-2007

WOW Thanks for that Pat, the Red fronted Macaws look great
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pleasure....
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If i did not have all these dogs and Reptiles I think a few Macaws would be living here, great birds
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Old 06-09-2007

Talking to some of the high level staff at Adelaide Zoo, there is 22 Hyacinth Macaws in Australia...

Both of the adelaide zoo ones are male and both were from confiscated from there "owner"....

This information is about 2 years old...
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Of the 22 in Aust any idea on ages?
 


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