how many birds can you legally own

If you live in Connecticut you can’t sell or breed a Quaker parrot but you can own one. If you live in New York and Virginia you have to register your bird with the state.

Our lawmakers feel as though they are protecting our crops and other native species of birds.

I know that crows can be big problems for farmers who may hire birds of prey to help move these invasive birds down the road.

I know a lot of falconers but I’ve never heard one say “I just got a call from a farmer who wants to move a bunch of Quaker parrots to the next farm.”

If you’re traveling with your quaker parrot across the country and you pass through states that prohibit Quakers they will give you a pass as long as the bird “leaves the state” within 48 hours.

Find a state veterinarian office, call 1-800-545-USDA and press option “2, or visit the U.S.D.A. website and click on the appropriate state.

It’s important to check the ESA (Endangered Species Act) list that may totally outlaw your parrot including transportation through a particular state.

Blue-Headed Macaws, Lear’s macaws, Spix macaws, and Blue Throated Macaws, are currently banned and we can expect in the near future for the list to include Hyacinth macaws, Buffon’s macaws, (a subspecies of Scarlet macaws, and Military Macaws.

Per Wikipedia: The ESA is administered by two federal agencies, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) (which includes the National Marine Fisheries Service, or NMFS).

NOAA handles marine species, and the FWS has responsibility for freshwater fish and all other species.

NJ- The commissioner shall periodically review the State list of endangered species and may by regulation amend the list-making such additions or deletions as are deemed appropriate.

If Scarlet macaws go on the list, does this mean they can confiscate your Greenwing or hybrid and not apologize or provide restitution?

The commission may, by rule, treat any species as an endangered species or threatened species even though it is not listed pursuant to section 481B.3 if it finds that the species so closely resembles in appearance a species which is listed pursuant to section 481B.3 and that enforcement personnel would have substantial difficulty in attempting to differentiate between the listed and unlisted species, and the effect of this substantial difficulty is an additional threat to an endangered or threatened species or finds that the treatment of an unlisted species will substantially facilitate the enforcement and further the intent of this chapter.

My local pet store sells unweaned baby parrots. Is this legal?

The only state with legislation prohibiting the sale of unweaned baby birds by pet stores, vendors at bird marts, and swap meets is California. This law (CA Bill AB202) will take effect Sept. 1, 2004. Pet stores are still allowed to sell unweaned baby birds in all other states. In California, purchasing unweaned baby birds directly from bird breeders will also remain permitted.

When my pet bird dies, is it legal to bury him in my backyard?

Most municipalities prohibit the burial of animals within city limits.

“That’s primarily for public health reasons, particularly in relation to water supply contamination,” stated Charlotte Lacroix, DVM, JD, the sole owner of Whitehouse Station, New Jersey-based Priority Veterinary Legal Consulting.

She advised having your parrot buried in a pet cemetery. There are pet cemeteries in most major cities, and many of them allow birds.

My spouse and I are divorcing. What happens if we both want our parrot?

Legally speaking, pets are personal property, and as such, they will be contested in a divorce just like any other asset, such as a house, a sofa, silverware, a car, etc.

“The case will go before a judge or mediator if the man and woman can’t come to an agreement on their own about who gets to keep what,” Brosell stated.

The judge may appoint an unbiased third party to examine the case and determine which of the couple’s animals are more bonded to the husband and should go to him, and which pets should stay with the wife, if the couple is fighting over their pets. The judge will decide who should get the couple’s pet if they are fighting over their single parrot. The animal’s fair market value will be awarded to the other party.


Can you have multiple birds?

If smaller birds get along well and you have a big enough cage, it’s probably acceptable to house them together. However, bigger birds should generally have their own cage because of their large size and the amount of room that they each need.

How many pet birds should I have?

Having just one bird increases the odds that it will bond with, and be responsive to, its owner. Some individual birds appear to do best when kept singly. Other birds, such as finches, are happiest living in small groups.

What birds can I own in California?

Most birds are also legal in California. The only illegal parrot is the invasive monk parakeet (or Quaker parrot). Corvids such as crows and magpies are illegal, as well as birds of prey (falcons, hawks, eagles) and vultures.