Native birds bred in captivity can be bought and sold as pets. You’ll need to get a licence from the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) to keep many protected birds as a pet.
Once you have your licence you can buy your bird from a licensed breeder, dealer or pet shop. This helps protect native animals in their natural environment.
There are 41 species of native bird that can be kept as pets without a licence. You need to buy these birds from a licensed breeder, dealer or pet shop.
You can join a bird group (avicultural society) to meet other bird keepers and get advice about how to care for your pet(s).
Choose a bird you want to keep from the NSW Native Animal Keepers’ Species List.
Which licence you get will depend on how many birds you want to keep and which species you want. Work out which licence you need.