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    Even though retail prices had dropped, demand for budgies remained very high and there was money to be made across the supply chain. Good catchers could make as much as £250 a year with their nets and snares.
    South Australia was the hub of the bird trade and John Foglia of Rundle Street, Adelaide, was top cocky of the dealers. Between 1885 and 1909 he shipped, by his own estimate, an average of 40,000 birds a year. This did not include birds he supplied to the Australian market, and the animals in which he also dealt.
    Many, many thousands of these birds were budgies. One year Foglia sold 16,000 shell parrots to one dealer, observing ‘it took three of us three days from 7 o’clock in the morning to 7 o’clock at night to count them’.

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