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Quaker Parrots Found To Be Illegal In New Hampshire

A little known New Hampshire Fish & Game rule stating that quaker parrots are illegal catches pet bird owners by surprise.

By Jessica Pineda
Posted: February 8, 2011, 3:30 p.m. PST

Quaker parrots are deemed illegal in New Hampshire
Quaker parrots are native to South America, but there are several naturalized flocks that live in the United States.

Many in the avian community were surprised to learn that quaker parrots (Myiopsitta monachus) are illegal in the state of New Hampshire. In February 2011, the state’s Fish & Game informed quaker parrot breeder Suzanne Burke that she could no longer keep her quaker parrots or she would face fines, as well as the removal of her birds.

“According to the Fish & Game, the rule was created in 1998, but it appears to be it wasn’t legislated into place,” said Allen Fox, owner of the New Hampshire Bird Supply in Nashua, NH. Fox commented that he has sold quaker parrots in his store and has never been flagged by the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture’s Division of Animal Industry for keeping illegal parrots.

Quaker parrots are outlawed in several states. They are considered a crop pest, though a 2006 report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Wildlife Research Center determined that there has been minimal crop damage from naturalized quakers. In other states, quaker parrots pose challenges for utility companies, because the parrots like to nest on transformers, which is a possible fire threat.

Unlike states where flocks of naturalized quaker parrots have taken residence, it appears the same hasn’t happened in New Hampshire. American Federation of Aviculture Legislative Committee Chair and Southern California Regional Director Genny Wall checked with the Audobon society records if there were naturalized quakers ever sighted in the state. The answer was no. “Audubon has never seen a quaker in 110 years in New Hampshire,” said Fox on Wall's findings.

New Hampshire Birds of a Feather Avicultural Society is having a meeting to discuss options for quaker parrot owners in the state and is planning to put together information on their website that owners can reference. Suzanne Burke contacted the state Rep. Jeanine Notter, of Merrimack, who has vowed to bring legislation into place for the benefit of quaker parrots.

The Quaker Parakeet Society offers assistance for bird owners in need of finding homes for quaker parrots. For more information, contact the Quaker Parakeet Society at their website. Stay tuned for further updates at

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Stupid law. Like outlawing ferrets in CA-- they still have them anyways.
Birdlover, Wingtown, AS
Posted: 6/16/2011 5:42:07 AM
not fair!!! Why are they illegal??
colleen, manchester, NJ
Posted: 6/8/2011 8:42:17 AM
The State of Alaska found out that zebra finches were outlawed years ago. Of course, no one including the pet store owners knew of such a law. Not sure where it went from there. I live in northern Alaska and have finches that I got as a gift from a nice lady that has been breeding them for pets for over 40 years. I don't think she'll give them up now that she is in her late 80's and loves her birds. Silly laws. I can understand some but not all.
Patty, Nome, AK
Posted: 5/26/2011 9:37:22 PM
What is wrong with these people? They should be illegal not birds !
Toni, NY, FL
Posted: 5/6/2011 1:11:47 PM
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