Where Can You Own A Quaker Parrot? Infographic

If you want to own a quaker parrot in the United States, consult this infographic to learn if quaker parrots are legal in your area.

Find out if owning a quaker parrot is OK in your state.
Find out if owning a quaker parrot is OK in your state.

Quaker parrots are medium-sized parrots native to South America, though there are flocks of naturalized quaker parrots living in areas throughout the United States, including Texas, Florida and New York. In some states, quaker parrots are illegal, as some believe they are a threat to agriculture or that they could potentially establish a naturalized flock and threaten native species. Some states have restrictions to owning a quaker parrot, which you can read below.

Information courtesy of the Quaker Parakeet Society. Please contact your state’s Fish & Wildlife department for more information about your state’s restrictions.


Quaker parrots are illegal, sale and transport, unless they were grandfathered in before 1990. These grandfathered parrots must be tagged, reported and recorded as per the state’s law.


Prohibited as pets. Breeding allowed with breeder’s license ($236 annually) if bred for wholesale exportation. Transport across state lines is legal; no notice required if travel through Georgia is less than 24-hours duration.


Law states ownership is legal with a permit; however, the state currently has no forms for a permit application and the Department of Fish and Wildlife will not issue one.


Legal with approved permit; but they are reluctant to issue any.

New Hampshire

Legal with no restrictions; Importing allowed with permit and certification.

New Jersey

Legal ownership granted via permit after criteria are met.

New York

All pet birds must be banded to be sold at retail or to be boarded at a pet shop (they can be confiscated from a pet store if not banded). There is no form of registration.


Legal if wing feathers are trimmed.


All psittacine birds imported into Vermont must be banded, microchipped or have other approved identification that identifies the breeder.


The birds must be close-banded. It is illegal to transport into Virginia unless moving there and birds are close-banded.

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