About the American Federation of Aviculture

The American Federation of Aviculture (AFA) is a nonprofit national organization established in 1974, whose purpose is to represent all aspects of aviculture and to educate the public about keeping and breeding birds in captivity.

AFA has a membership consisting of bird breeders, pet bird owners, avian veterinarians, pet/bird store owners, bird product manufacturers, and other people interested in the future of aviculture.

AFA defines anyone keeping exotic birds in captivity as an "aviculturist" but AFA advocates that this designation carries with it certain responsibilities transcending those of the owners of domesticated pets like dogs and cats.

AFA believes holders of exotic birds need to be aware of the special needs of the species they hold, be aware of their conservation status, up-to-date research findings enhancing the well-being of the birds, and the state and federal regulations pertaining to exotic birds.

AFA has been identified as the nation's grass roots organization of bird breeders by the U.S. Congress's Office of Technology and Assessment.

How Does AFA Contribute to Research & Conservation?

  • AFA has a history of directly funding medical and husbandry research as well as conservation projects designed to better manage and save endangered species in the wild;
  • AFA promotes population management and cooperative breeding programs to insure the long-term survival, health, and genetic diversity of birds in captivity;
  • Aviculture indirectly contributes to conservation of wild populations by providing a supply of healthy pet birds replacing the need to harvest exotic birds from the wild for this purpose;
  • AFA is a formally recognized Non-Government Organization (NGO) allowed to participate in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).