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Where can you buy native birds for pets in Arizona?

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The federal Migratory Bird Act of 1918 makes it illegal to posses any native bird, therefore making them illegal to sell as pets. The act states that it is illegal to possess or collect any native bird, feathers, eggs or nest parts without a special permit.

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The federal law does not restrict the possession or taking of exotic or non-native birds such as house sparrows, starlings, feral pigeons, parrots and Eurasian collard doves for pet purposes. It also doesn't restrict keeping domestic versions of wild fowl, such as mallards, as long as they are marked according to federal guidelines. Arizona also has laws restricting the possession of native and introduced game birds such as chukar, quail, pheasants and turkeys.

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