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Hummingbirds in Captivity/ Aviaries

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There are very severe laws in the United States about keeping a hummingbird
in captivity.

NOTE: All hummingbirds are on Appendix II of CITES and thus are covered under the Wild Bird Conservation Act (WBCA). An import permit from USFWS and an export permit from the country of origin must be obtained prior to the importation. Permits have been granted in the past, but currently it is difficult to find a country willing to export hummingbirds. Hummingbirds are more commonly kept in European collections, particularly private collections, and could be a source for future imports.

We prefer hummers in the wild

Hummingbirds do not generally thrive in captivity and their tiny size makes them difficult to care for in captive environments. Nevertheless, there are zoos and aviaries throughout the world that have been mildly successful at providing for hummingbirds. This does, indeed, allow more birders the opportunity to see hummingbirds. Captive birds can offer fabulous viewing, study and photography opportunities and these zoos and similar facilities are well worth visiting:

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (Tucson, Arizona)
Butterfly World (Coconut Creek, Florida)
Copenhagen Zoo (Copenhagen, Denmark)
Franklin Park Zoo (Boston, Massachuessett) Check out Captive Costa lays eggs
Miami Metrozoo (Miami, Florida)
North Carolina Zoological Park (Asheboro, North Carolina)
San Diego Zoo (San Diego, California)
Vogelpark Avifauna (Alphen aan den Rijn, Netherlands)
ZSL London Zoo (London, England)
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