Fundamentals of Aviculture
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Military and Great Green Macaws Now Listed Under the ESA as Endangered

A Final Rule from the US Fish and Wildlife Service has been issued. The Military and Great Green Macaws are now listed under the ESA as Endangered. Effective 11/2/15 they cannot be moved across state lines in commerce without a permit. No "special rule" is available for Endangered listed species.

AFA opposed this listing for many reasons, including because it does nothing to help the birds in the wild, and will only serve to decrease genetic diversity of these birds in the US.

This rule will serve to help these birds move toward extinction. This is another sad day for the birds and for those who love them.…/pkg/FR-2015-10-02/pdf/2015-24820.pdf

Endangered Bird Survey

AFA is gathering data on ESA (Endangered Species Act) listed parrot species as well as other birds. We hope to use these data to approach the US Fish and Wildlife Service and request lessening of regulatory restrictions. Please take this survey and help us to help aviculture. It will take only minutes and we need to hear from everyone!

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 When dealing with congress, there is strength in numbers. We need you all to join AFA and become a part of this endeavor to de-regulate our birds. Click here to join today.

Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza & Biosecurity Practices For Aviculturists

In late November 2014, commercial turkey farms located near Abbottsford, British Columbia, Canada began to experience higher than normal mortality rates. Laboratory samples were collected and a highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N2 was detected in the turkeys....more

New! AFA's I.D.E.A. Program

Clubs, organizations, schools, animal educators or individuals interested in educating others can help promote aviculture by using our new outreach program, Interactive Display & Exhibit Animals. This program is designed to provide information to anyone who wants to share their love and knowledge of aviculture with others.

New Release CITES Pin - Blue-fronted Amazon

The Blue-fronted Amazon (Amazona aestiva) is featured on the newest CITES collector pin in the series.  Now available in the AFA Store!

Do You Have a Legislative Issue?

Anyone that needs help or input with legislative issues should click here for important information and contact AFA Legislative Vice President Genny Wall at

Legislative Update - SUCCESS IN VIRGINIA!

We can now keep, breed, sell, and transport our federally listed non-native endangered species of wildlife in Virginia.  Click here to read more.

AFA Cares - Your Donation Makes a Difference!


Now Available: 2014 Conference DVDs

Didn't make it to the 2014 Educational Conference?  Want to share a particular speaker's presentation with your local bird club?  Looking to add to your private avian library? 

Over 100 titles are now available in our library - order for yourself or your organization.

The 2014 Conference DVDs are now available.  Get yours now!

AFA Disaster Relief

The AFA Disaster Relief Team is ready to assist anyone in need due to a recent weather-related disaster. Contact the AFA Business Office at 512-585-9800 or your Regional Director immediately so that AFA can assist you with your bird-related needs.