1. Birds must be accompanied by a statutory declaration from
the exporter stating that:
a. birds were hatched or captured in the country from which
they were transported;
b. they are free from disease and have not been in contact with
any birds (including domestic poultry) suffering from disease.
2. In the Cook Islands, the owner of any imported bird or egg or aviary
where an imported bird is kept or egg is hatched shall for 30 day
after the arrival of any imported bird or egg, notify an officer of
the Cook Islands Ministry of Agriculture of any sickness or death in
any imported or other bird in the aviary, within 24 hours of any
such death or sickness and shall retain all carcases for examination.
3. The premises and the imported birds or eggs must be available for
inspection at any reasonable time during the 30 day post-entry period.
Please contact the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities for any additional requirements or restrictions on the export of birds.
Wildlife Trade Regulation Section
Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
GPO Box 787
Canberra ACT 2601
Telephone: (02) 6274 1900
Facsimile: (02) 6274 1921
1. The birds or eggs shall be accompanied by a Statutory Declaration made by the consignor of the birds or eggs declaring that:
i) Either the birds being exported or the birds from which the eggs were obtained have been continuously in the premises of origin in Australia, Fiji or New Zealand during the period of 3 months immediately preceding the date of shipment or from the date of hatching.
ii) The said premises have not at any time during that period been subject to any disease control restrictions.
ii) Either the birds being exported or the birds from which the eggs were obtained have been during that period, and are at the time of shipment, free from all diseases affecting birds and have not been in direct contact with birds infected with such diseases.
2. The statutory declaration referred to above must be accompanied by a certificate signed by a Government Veterinarian certifying that:
i) Within 7 days immediately preceding the date of shipment of the birds or eggs to the Cook Islands, a Government Veterinarian has inspected the premises and examined the birds being exported or the birds from which the eggs were obtained and found them to be in good health and free from Echidnophaga gallinacea (sick-fast flea) and Argas persicus (fowl tick or tampan) and other external parasites.
ii) The Government Veterinarian has no reason to doubt the correctness of the owner's declaration.
iii) Neither Newcastle disease nor fowl plague is known to have existed at any time on the premises in which the birds have been kept.
3. The birds or eggs are to be accompanied by a certificate given by a technically qualified zoologist or naturalist, in the employment of a museum, a zoological garden or the Government, identifying the species of the consignment. This certificate is not required for budgerigars, canaries, pigeons, sulphur crested cockatoos or galahs.
The birds or eggs may be imported on any aircraft provided:
i) They are contained in new crates, boxes or cages so designed that they are completely confined.
ii) Only animals, birds or hatching eggs eligible for importation into the Cook Islands are carried on the same aircraft.