Traveling Abroad with Your Pet Bird

Did you know that your pet bird may be a species of protected wildlife? Most exotic birds (such as parrots, cockatoos and macaws, except budgerigars and cockatiels) are protected under the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the U.S. Wild Bird Conservation Act (WBCA), and some are protected under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. These laws protect wildlife that is threatened by overexploitation and other factors such as habitat loss. Learn more about these laws.

You can help us conserve these species by complying with these laws to ensure that your lawful activities as a pet owner are separate and distinct from the activities that harm bird populations in the wild.

* SPECIAL ALERT: If you plan to enter the United States from Mexico, please see this important information on traveling with your pet bird.