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Information on warnings and scams involving the sale/adoption of parrots, and the latest information from the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

There are many scams out there, where individuals are selling or putting up for adoption, parrots (along with many other animals). These individuals, most of whom are located abroad, make it seem that they will ship the birds to you easily. These are SCAMS. Many scams originate in such countries as Cameroon. You need to check the routing and IP address of where the messages originated from, and USE COMMON SENSE. 
 
  • Don't be taken in by what seems to be an irresistable offer. YOU WILL LOSE YOUR MONEY.
  • Never obtain a parrot in this method. You will not wind up with a bird and wind up being a sucker to some thief who enjoys ripping you off. 
  • Once you've been scammed, you will NEVER be able to recover your money.
  • If you detect a scam involving animals, notify the nearest FBI office, the USDA-APHIS, and the US Fish & Wildlife Service Law Enforcement right away. It also helps to notify the national or international bird societies, for example, if you detect a scam involving Amazons, contact The Amazona Society and The World Parrot Trust, along with the Avian Welfare Coalition.

 
 
 
 
 
 
The following is a list of countries from which there is a temporary ban on the importation of pet birds, as of january 15, 2013 (from the USDA-APHIS web site, http://www.aphis.usda.gov/import_export/animals/nonus_pet_bird.shtml):
  • ADVISORY: Until further notice, live avian commodities (including eggs for hatching) from the following countries or regions have been prohibited entry to the United States due to the presence of highly pathogenic avian influenza: Afghanistan, Albania, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cambodia, Djibouti, Egypt, Ghana, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Ivory Coast (Côte d'Ivoire), Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestinian Autonomous Territories, People's Republic of China, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, South Sudan, Sudan, Taipei Chinese/Taiwan, Thailand, Togo, Turkey, Ukraine, and Vietnam.

IF YOU LEGITIMATELY HAVE REASON TO IMPORT A PARROT (FOR EXAMPLE, IT WAS YOURS IN ANOTER COUNTRY, AND YOU HAVE EMIGRATED TO THE UNITED STATES), YOU NEED TO CONTACT THE FOLLOWING AGENCY:
 
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
ANIMAL AND PLANT HEALTH INSPECTION SERVICE-VETERINARY SERVICES
NATIONAL CENTER FOR IMPORT AND EXPORT
4700 RIVER ROAD, UNIT 39
RIVERDALE, MD 20737
(301) 734-8364
FAX (301) 734-6402
 
Feathered Friends cannot help you with paperwork. You must contact the USDA directly.

P.O. Box 780344, Maspeth, NY 11378
All inquiries via e-mail or regular mail ONLY.
We will call you back if you leave a number on your
e-mail.
 
Dedicated to the Rescue, Rehabilitation, and Safe Harboring of Parrot Species

We dedicate all efforts in Memory of:
 
Casey, the Orange-winged Amazon, ?-10/15/2005,
Tori, the Lutino Indian Ringneck, 10/1/2003-6/7/2007,
Pepper, the Red-bellied Parrot, 11/25/2004-8/1/2007,
Jack, the Maximillian's Pionus, 7/4/1990-9/15/2007, and
Skye and Firecracker (Blue-Crowned and Cherry-Headed Conures), 7/4/2001-8/19/2008.
Taco, our Sun Conure, 3/26/2004-7/6/2011
 
"They rest comfortably now, waiting for us patiently 'til we can play again"