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Sale of Wild Birds

The Department may issue a Sale of Wild Birds Permit to authorize the sale of unbanded wild birds in possession before May 1, 1986, or bought between May 1, 1986 and November 1, 1986.

The following species may be sold without a permit. Diamond dove, Cockatiel, Crimson rosella, Eastern rosella, Pale-headed (Blue) rosella, Red-rumped parakeet, Bourke's parrot, Budgerigar, Blue-masked lovebird, Zebra finch, Gouldian finch, Society finch, Java sparrow, and Common canary.

Please note:

  • Documentation is required to prove that the unbanded bird was possessed prior to May 1986.
  • There is a $10.00 fee per bird to be licensed.

Please contact the Special Licenses Unit with any questions or concerns, or to apply for this permit.

Special Licenses Unit
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-4752

List of applicable Laws and Regulations

New York Environmental Conservation Law (ECL)

Please visit New York State Legislature (link leaves DEC website)

  • 11-1728 Sale of live wild birds.

New York Codes Rules and Regulations (6NYCRR)

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