Native birds bred in captivity can be bought and sold as pets. You’ll need to get a biodiversity conservation licence granted under the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 from the Department of Planning and Environment to keep many native birds as a pet.
Once you have your licence you can buy your bird from a licensed animal 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 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 type of biodiversity conservation licence you get will depend on how many birds you want to keep and which species you want. Work out which licence you need.