Is it legal in the U.S. to keep small birds (i.e. budgies, cockatiels, finches, canaries) as pets? Are they victims of the pet trade?
- KerriLv 41 month agoBest Answer
Budgies, cockatiels, finches and canaries are perfectly legal pets in the US. They aren’t anywhere near extinction or rare enough to be part of illegal pet smuggling. They can be bought at any pet store and for relatively cheap prices.
- thebax2006Lv 71 month ago
Those are all examples of hand fed birds that you can find in pet stores in the USA.
Birds that are "victims" are the wild birds taken out of the jungles in Africa and South America.
- BeverlyLv 61 month ago
All of those are legal, I've been breeding cockatiels and budgies for more than 25 years here in the U.S.
- Elaine MLv 71 month ago
The four you listed are all bred in the USA by breeders, they don't come from the wild. Haven't for years.
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- NathanLv 41 month ago
It is only legal if they are kept in a large enough cage, you'll want to Google what their cage requirements are (bigger is better), and all their openers are met
- daniel gLv 71 month ago
Yes, they are perfectly legal here.
- Rick BLv 71 month ago
of course you can have birds as pets.