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Where Can You Own A Quaker Parrot? Infographic

If you want to own a quaker parrot in the United States, consult this infographic to learn if quaker parrots are legal in your area.

Quaker parrots are medium-sized parrots native to South America, though there are flocks of naturalized quaker parrots living in areas throughout the United States, including Texas, Florida and New York. In some states, quaker parrots are illegal, as some believe they are a threat to agriculture or that they could potentially establish a naturalized flock and threaten native species. Some states have restrictions to owning a quaker parrot, which you can read below.

Information courtesy of the Quaker Parakeet Society. Please contact your state's Fish & Wildlife department for more information about your state's restrictions.

Colorado: Quaker parrots are illegal, sale and transport, unless they were grandfathered in before 1990. These grandfathered parrots must be tagged, reported and recorded as per the state's law.

Georgia: Prohibited as pets. Breeding allowed with breeder's license ($236 annually) if bred for wholesale exportation. Transport across state lines is legal; no notice required if travel through Georgia is less than 24-hours duration.

Kansas:  Law states ownership is legal with a permit; however, the state currently has no forms for a permit application and the Department of Fish and Wildlife will not issue one.

Maine: Legal with approved permit; but they are reluctant to issue any.

New Hampshire: Legal with no restrictions; Importing allowed with permit and certification.

New Jersey: Legal ownership granted via permit after criteria are met.

New York: All pet birds must be banded to be sold at retail or to be boarded at a pet shop (they can be confiscated from a pet store if not banded). There is no form of registration.

Ohio: Legal if wing feathers are trimmed.

Vermont: All psittacine birds imported into Vermont must be banded, microchipped or have other approved identification that identifies the breeder.

Virginia: The birds must be close-banded. It is illegal to transport into Virginia unless moving there and birds are close-banded.

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Friend of mine just had her Quaker confiscated two weeks ago in the state of Pennsylvania. She and her husband are totally devastated! They are unable to have children, are middle-aged, and have grown quite close to the bird. They acquired it several years ago when it was found injured outside of her workplace. She brought it home nurse back to health and made a wonderful home for the bird unknowingly that it was an illegal breed to have in the state. When it recently had a rash over it's all right, they took it to a local vet for care and the vet probably reported the bird to the state wildlife commission. Without further notice, days later, they came to the home and confiscated the bird again, these people are devastated and their hearts have been ripped out… Thank you to the state of Pennsylvania! Your laurels stink and I am simply appalled to have to call that my home state anymore! There was a time when I was proud of that, no longer!I hope all of you involved in making this stupid freaking law can sleep at night, knowing what you have done to this family for no good reason whatsoever.
stephanie, International
Posted: 4/11/2016 5:44:57 AM
I just called the Ct DEEP and was told that ownership is illegal.
Liz, Carmel, NY
Posted: 12/16/2014 9:54:35 AM
its great an it lets people know where or were not to own a quaker. i live in west virginia an u can own a quaker,ur not allowed to turn them loose u hv to find someone willing to take in. ive had maryjane now 3 years.
sherry, charleston, WV
Posted: 8/18/2014 11:14:45 PM
The State of Georgia in everything is the worst state to live in. Restrictions on anything you can think of,takes forever to get licences I hate living here and hope to move the hell out back to florida. I have my 2 quakers and I WILL keep them as pets fuck Georgia
I hate Georgia, I hate Georgia, GA
Posted: 8/9/2014 7:19:32 AM
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