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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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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
My grandfather loved birds. Due to his passing away, my family went down to Florida for the funeral. He owned a Quaker Parrot namd Polly. Because it would constantly say his name, my grandmother didn't want to keep it around the house. So my parents took it with us back to Georgia. At first I hated the thing; always biting and sqwaking all the time. But now a year has passed and I love that bird to death. But now I'm worried. We've never been able to get her to a vet since she's been here. And I fear something may be wrong with her now. She's not acting her usual self and I hink she could be sick. And we can't take her to a vet because they are illegal here. I'm so worried. :'(
Ashley, Lawrenceville, GA
Posted: 3/20/2013 12:50:16 AM
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