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Special Purpose Game Bird Permit

A Federal Special Purpose Game Bird Permit is required to keep and sell captive-reared game birds (other than waterfowl). For more information, please see the Captive-bred Frequently Asked Questions. The following species are eligible for propagation with this permit:


Common Name

Scolopacidae Common snipe and American woodcock
Columbidae Band-tailed pigeon, Bridled quail-dove, Common ground-dove, Inca
dove, Key West quail dove, Mourning dove, Plain pigeon, Red-billed
pigeon, Ruddy ground-dove, Ruddy quail-dove, Scaly-naped pigeon,
White-crowned pigeon, White-tipped dove, White-winged dove,
Zenaida dove
Gruidae Sandhill crane (except Mississippi subspecies)
Rallidae Clapper rail, King rail, Virginia rail, Sora rail, Purple gallinule,
American coot and Common moorhen

Application Processing Fee: $75
Amendment Fee: none
Duration Valid: 3 years
Annual Report Required: Yearly (January 31)
State Permit Requirement: yes - Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington
Governing Regulations: 50 CFR ยง21.27

Pacific Region Application Check List
Application Form
Annual Report

Disclaimer: Please print this page for your records. This website is a "plain English" guide to Migratory Birds and Migratory Bird Permitting. It is not meant to cover every Migratory Bird situation or all of the details of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and associated Policies. While every attempt is made to ensure the information is up-to-date and accurate, the USFWS is not responsible for misinformation. Furthermore, this website is not intended to replace the advice of USFWS employees. It is intended to give a basic framework and help in your everyday Migratory Bird questions. Changes in Migratory Bird rules occur regularly and often quickly. If you have a Migratory Bird question, you should contact an appropriate USFWS employee and provide him or her with all the relevant facts before taking action.


Last Updated: March 17, 2015
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