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"Non-native Birds"

All birds native to North America (including Tennessee) are federally protected by Migratory Bird Treat Act laws. It is illegal to harm, kill, possess, transport, or collect dead birds, nests, or eggs without permits issued by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Violators are subject to penalties of fines and jail time for violations. The following list is birds NOT protected by federal laws, however there are laws about transport of captive-raised game birds. Contact TWRA or USFWS about details on transport of captive-raised game birds.


List of non-native, invasive, and domestic birds not federally protected by Migratory Bird Treat Act laws and found in Tennessee.

  1. House Sparrow
  2. European Starling
  3. Rock Pigeon
  4. Eurasian Collared Dove
  5. Muscovy Duck
  6. Chinese Goose
  7. Mute Swan
  8. Ring-necked Pheasant, Chukar, and other non-native game birds released for hunting purposes.