An American reunion (at last) for Sarah and her parrots

Way back in June 2013 Sarah contacted Animalcouriers for help moving her two pet parrots from Scotland to the US. Last weekend, the mission was finally accomplished.

Ptak is a Pacific Parrotlet (Forpus Coelestis) and Maverick is a Senegal Parrot (Poicephalus Senegalus). Both species are protected by CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species), so Sarah had to work through the maze of paperwork required to allow the birds to travel between the UK and the US.

Because the process took longer than expected, Sarah had to return to the US, leaving her beloved birds in the care of friends. At last the correct paperwork was issued by the US Department of Agriculture, but as it was just before Christmas, the birds’ travel had to be delayed until the new year.

After two vet checks and a lot of shuffling of red tape, Ptak and Maverick jetted off from Glasgow to New York (JFK) via London Heathrow. They then had to spend 30 days in quarantine.

Ready for the off at last!

Ready for the off at last! (photo credit:

Sarah reports that the quarantine centre took excellent care of the birds, which was just as well as there was a further delay! The awful winter weather in the north of the US meant that Sarah had to wait an extra week before making the 12-hour round-trip from her home in Maryland to New York, to finally be reunited with Ptak and Maverick.

You can find out more about the reunion from Sarah’s own blog, Students and Birds

43 thoughts on “An American reunion (at last) for Sarah and her parrots

  1. What a big job! I am glad that CITES are so thorough but yes it does slow things down for legitimate bird transports…glad they are well and together 🙂 hugs Fozziemum x


  2. Oh poor Sarah! I’m sure that being separated from Ptak and Maverick must of been difficult. Even though I’m sure they were very well looked after. Hooray for happy reunions!


    • Thanks to Teagan for sharing this. I’m very pleased Sarah and her parrots are united now. And it is good the proper steps are taking to prevent illegal trading, even if it can result in such delays. It’s all well that ends well… 🙂


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