Native birds are protected by law so if you want to keep a native bird as a pet you’ll need a biodiversity conservation licence granted under the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 from the Office of Environment and Heritage (National Parks and Wildlife Service).
Forty-one native birds bred in captivity can be kept as pets without a licence.
Protecting native birds
Taking native birds from the wild or release unwanted birds, even those species that don’t require a licence to keep, is against the law (Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016).
Illegal killing and trapping has contributed to the decline of many native Australian bird species. Local extinctions can be caused by taking animals from the wild, or even your backyard. Dumped birds can spread disease and may starve or be killed by predators.
Licensing helps us:
- protect our unique bird species and their ecosystems
- keep animals safe
- abide by NSW laws.
Get the right licence
Native birds that can be kept as pets are each classed as Companion, B1 and/or B2 for the purposes of licensing. A different type of biodiversity conservation licence is needed for each class of bird. The right type licence for you will depend on how many birds you want to keep and which species of bird you want.