Cockatoo killed by shooter in Peakhurst

Killed: A sulphur crested cockatoo. As a protected species, the penalty for shooting and killing a cockatoo can be up to $22,000 fine and/or five-years imprisonment.Picture: Graham Tidy.
Killed: A sulphur crested cockatoo. As a protected species, the penalty for shooting and killing a cockatoo can be up to $22,000 fine and/or five-years imprisonment.Picture: Graham Tidy.

RSPCA NSW is calling for information on the shooting of a native sulphur crested cockatoo in a residential street in Peakhurst recently.

The dead bird was discovered by a resident in the yard of his Neilson Avenue, Peakhurst property on the morning of Saturday, May 12.

The shot bird was found only four blocks from Peakhurst Public School.

There are also concerns about the illegal use of a firearm in such a residential area.

An X-ray of the cockatoo showing the imbedded pellet which killed it.

An X-ray of the cockatoo showing the imbedded pellet which killed it.

A post mortem has revealed that the cockatoo was shot with a 0.177 pellet from an air rifle from above the bird meaning, most likely, the bird was on the ground when it was shot.

It is understood the bird would have died immediately.

Locals have been feeding a flock of cockatoos in the area and claim they are friendly.

Cockatoos are a protected species under the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 and the penalty for shooting and killing a cockatoo can be up to $22,000 fine and/or five-years imprisonment.

The animal welfare charity is imploring any community members with information to come forward and make a confidential report by calling 1300 CRUELTY (1300 278 3589) or online

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