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Special conditions

Please contact the Department of the Environment for any additional requirements or restrictions on the export of birds.

Wildlife Trade Regulation Section
Department of the Environment
GPO Box 787
Canberra ACT 2601
Telephone: (02) 6274 1900
Facsimile: (02) 6274 1921

For import purposes, the expression "pet bird" means a personally owned and cared for bird, and applies only to species commonly known as "caged" birds such as psittacines, love birds, song birds, toucans, canaries, finches, cardinals, etc. The expression does not apply to pigeons, doves, species of wild or domesticated fowl, or game birds.

An import permit issued by the Area Import Office must accompany theshipment. Before issuance can be considered, you must: 

1. Contact the appropriate Import Officer (see contact details below), request an application form, complete the form, and forward it to the regional office with an originally signed declaration of the following:

a. that the birds have been in your possession as personally-owned pets for at least ninety (90) days immediately prior to applying; and

b. that the birds have not been in contact with any other birds while in your possession; and

c. that neither you nor members of your family have imported pet birds into Canada during the preceding ninety (90) days; and

d. that you will personally accompany the birds from the country of origin to Canada.

2. Arrange for the inspection and approval of your proposed Canadian premises for the quarantine of the birds. To arrange for the inspection of your premises, you should contact the Canadian Food Inspection Agency Regional Office in the province in which you are going to reside. A list of addresses and phone numbers is attached for your convenience. Upon receipt of the above information and a

report approving your premises for the quarantine of the birds, the regional office will be in a position to consider issuance of the import permit. The essential conditions under which such birds are permitted to enter Canada are:

a. The original import permit issued by the regional office must accompany the birds to Canada.

b. The birds must accompany the owner (person having personal possession) to Canada and cannot be shipped unaccompanied.

The importation of birds into Canada is subject to the control of the Canadian Wildlife Service (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species - [CITES]). Please contact them at (613) 997-1840 or (819) 953- 6283.

Protocol last negotiated

JULY 1990

Permit requirements

The Chief of Imports
Health of Animals Branch
Agriculture Canada
580 Booth Street

Pre-export preparations

It is recommended that the birds be treated, by the owner, for psittacosis-ornithosis during the quarantine period, which is a minimum of forty-five (45) days.

Latest updates

Last updated: 6/01/2023 10:37 AMCreated: 15/01/2015 12:42 PM