Laws about Hummingbirds

Posted by Douglas Everett on

In the United States it is against the law/ illegal to hold a hummingbird, a hummingbird nest, a hummingbird baby, or any part of a hummingbird, nest, or egg, in any type of captivity. We repeat: unless you have a valid permit, it is illegal to trap, band, hold, harass, or control any hummingbird or any part of the hummingbird, nest, or egg.

The Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 is the US law that regulates the possession and or capture of any migratory bird. Hummingbirds are included in the list of Migratory Birds that are protected under the United States Code of Federal Regulations.

  • To review the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 law, click:
  • In the act a hummingbird is listed as a Migratory Bird under the United States Code of Federal Regulations, Title 50, Chapter 1, Part 10, Subpart 13 - List of Migratory Birds. The Citation Number is 50CRF10.13.
  • Other world countries have adopted these rules and regulations in their own form. For those who live outside the United States, contact your local government offices to see if your country has signed this treaty or has rules and regulations of their own that protect hummingbirds.
  • Violation of this law, results in the hummingbird being taken away immediately and a fine of between $15,000 (fifteen thousand) and $200,000 (two hundred thousand) US dollars.

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