Animal dealer (live bird) licence

Find out how to apply for a licence to buy, sell or trade in live native birds.

You need an animal dealer (live bird) licence, a type of biodiversity conservation licence granted under the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016, to buy, sell or trade (deal in) live native birds for commercial purposes.

Under the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water policy on the commercial trade of native animals, only pet shops are eligible for an animal dealer licence. A pet shop is defined as a premises used for the retail sale of animals to the public, excluding residential premises.

Pet shops dealing in native birds must be registered with the department – when you apply for a licence you must nominate the premises you intend to use for dealing. If you are granted a licence, you will receive a registration certificate for each of the premises associated with your licence.

Under an animal dealer (live bird) licence, pet shops may only deal in particular species. View the bird species that can be traded by an animal dealer.

The dealing of native birds as part of a commercial business is not permitted under a bird keeper licence.

Apply for a licence

To apply for an animal dealer (live bird) licence to commercially trade in birds you will need to first contact the Wildlife Team who will send you an application form to complete. The licence term is 1 year and will cost $600 including a single registered premises – there is a $300 fee for each additional premises to be registered under the licence.

A pre-licence premises inspection is required to commercially trade in native birds. You and (and your employees operating under the licence) must be able to demonstrate capacity to comply with the conditions of an animal dealer (live bird) licence and the requirements of relevant statutory provisions including, but not limited to:

Comply with licence conditions

When you hold a licence to deal in native animals you must comply with the conditions of an animal dealer (live bird) licence (PDF 55KB).

The licence includes the following conditions:

  • Animals may only be bought from persons licensed to keep them.
  • When selling species that require a keeper's licence, the customer's licence must be sighted and their details recorded.
  • Records of all animals held must be maintained and submitted to the Wildlife Team on an annual basis, including records of:
    • the species and number of animals acquired, disposed of or moved
    • the date and method of acquisition, disposal or movement of animals
    • the name and licence number of persons from whom animals are bought or sold.
  • Dealers must accept returns of unwanted or unhealthy animals no longer wanted by a customer. This requirement must be displayed at each registered premises in a conspicuous location.
  • Dealers must comply with the enclosure size and equipment requirements specified on their licence.

Licensed dealers must also comply with the Animal Welfare Code of Practice – Animals in Pet Shops and Animal Welfare Code of Practice No 4 – Keeping and Trading of Birds.


On the expiration of your licence the onus is on you to renew. While the department forwards licence renewal notices to licensees, it will not be responsible for the non-receipt of such a notice.

Renewals cost $600 (including a single registered premises) for 1 year with a $300 fee for each additional premises.

Renewal of your licence is dependent upon submission of your annual records.

Native bird species that can be traded in New South Wales

The commercial trade of native animals policy allows 47 bird species to be traded by licensed animal dealers in addition to the 41 bird species that may be kept and traded without a licence.

In the species list tables, (E) = species that can be kept and traded without a licence.

Species Common name
Quails and button-quails  
Coturnix chinensis King quail (E)
Coturnix pectoralis Stubble quail (E)
Coturnix ypsilophora Brown quail (E)
Turnix melanogaster Black-breasted button-quail
Turnix varia Painted button-quail (E)
Turnix velox Little button-quail (E)
Turnix maculosa Red-backed button-quail
Turnix pyrrhothorax Red-chested button-quail


Species Common name
Pigeons and doves  
Columba leucomela White-headed pigeon
Chalcophaps indica Emerald dove (E)
Geopelia cuneata Diamond dove (E)
Geopelia humeralis Bar-shouldered dove (E)
Geopelia striata Peaceful dove (E)
Ptilinopus regina Rose-crowned fruit-dove
Geophaps plumifera Spinifex pigeon
Geophaps scripta Squatter pigeon
Ocyphaps lophotes Crested pigeon (E)
Phaps chalcoptera Common bronzewing (E)
Phaps elegans Brush bronzewing


Species Common name
Cacatua galerita Sulphur-crested cockatoo (E)
Cacatua leadbeateri Major Mitchell’s cockatoo
Cacatua pastinator butleri Western corella (E)
Cacatua roseicapilla Galah (E)
Cacatua sanguinea Little corella (E)
Cacatua tenuirostris Long-billed corella (E)
Calyptorhynchus banksii  Red-tailed black-cockatoo
Calyptorhynchus baudinii Long-billed black-cockatoo
Calyptorhynchus funereus Yellow-tailed black-cockatoo
Calyptorhynchus lathami Glossy black-cockatoo
Calyptorhynchus latirostris Short-billed black-cockatoo
Callocephalon fimbriatum Gang-gang cockatoo
Nymphicus hollandicus Cockatiel (E)


Species Common name
Glossopsitta concinna Musk lorikeet (E)
Glossopsitta porphyrocephala Purple-crowned lorikeet
Glossopsitta pusilla Little lorikeet
Psitteuteles versicolor Varied lorikeet
Trichoglossus chlorolepidotus Scaly-breasted lorikeet (E)
Trichoglossus haematodus Rainbow lorikeet (E)
Trichoglossus rubritorquis Red-collared lorikeet (E)


Species Common name
Alisterus scapularis Australian king parrot
Aprosmictus erythropterus Red-winged parrot
Barnardius zonarius barnardi Mallee ringneck
Barnardius zonarius macgillivrayi Cloncurry parrot
Barnardius zonarius semitorquatus Twenty-eight parrot (E)
Barnardius zonarius zonarius Port Lincoln parrot (E)
Eclectus roratus macgillivrayi Eclectus parrot (Aust. ssp.)
Lathamus discolor Swift parrot
Melopsittacus undulatus Budgerigar (E)
Neopsephotus bourkii Bourke's parrot (E)
Neophema chrysostoma Blue-winged parrot
Neophema elegans Elegant parrot (E)
Neophema petrophila Rock parrot
Neophema pulchella Turquoise parrot
Neophema splendida Scarlet-chested parrot (E)
Northiella haematogaster Blue bonnet
Platycercus adscitus Pale-headed rosella (E)
Platycercus caledonicus Green rosella
Platycercus elegans adelaidae Adelaide rosella (E)
Platycercus elegans elegans Crimson rosella
Platycercus elegans flaveolus Yellow rosella (E)
Platycercus eximius Eastern rosella (E)
Platycercus icterotis Western rosella (E)
Platycercus venustus Northern rosella
Polytelis alexandrae Princess parrot (E)
Polytelis anthopeplus  Regent parrot
Polytelis swainsonii Superb parrot
Psephotus chrysopterygius Golden-shouldered parrot
Psephotus dissimilis Hooded parrot (E)
Psephotus haematonotus Red-rumped parrot (E)
Psephotus varius Mulga parrot
Purpureicephalus spurius Red-capped parrot (E)
Trichoglossus haematodus Rainbow lorikeet (E)


Species Common name
Emblema pictum Painted finch (E)
Erythrura trichroa Blue-faced parrot finch (E)
Erythrura gouldiae Gouldian finch (E)
Heteromunia pectoralis Pictorella mannikin
Lonchura castaneothorax Chestnut-breasted mannikin
Lonchura flaviprymna Yellow-rumped mannikin
Neochmia modesta Plum-headed finch
Neochmia phaeton Crimson finch
Neochmia ruficauda Star finch (E)
Neochmia temporalis Red-browed finch
Poephila acuticauda Long-tailed finch
Poephila cincta Black-throated finch
Poephila personata Masked finch
Stagonopleura guttata Diamond firetail
Taeniopygia bichenovii Double-barred finch
Taeniopygia guttata Zebra finch (E)

Other licence types you may need

As a licensed animal dealer, if you intend to import native birds into New South Wales or export them out of the state as part of carrying on your business as a dealer, you will need to apply for an import/export licence each time you intend to transport a consignment interstate (unless the birds can be kept and traded without a licence).

Licensed animal dealers in New South Wales

There are currently 4 pet shops in New South Wales licensed to deal in live native birds.