It will depend on the species, and the particular jurisdiction, but in the US generally, No. Permits are sometimes issued for scientific study. See link for laws and penalties.
Because hummingbirds are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, it is illegal to capture them. In addition, it is illegal take their eggs, feathers or nests. The treaty, created in 1918, protects birds that migrate between the US and Canada. One species, the hook-billed hermit hummingbird, is protected by the Endangered Species Act.
While they are illegal to capture, hummingbirds may still be attracted to outdoor gardens with hummingbird feeders and a wide variety of flowers.
A forest bird never wants a cage..John James Audubon.
Why should anyone capture a hummingbird and try to cage it.They need a natural habitat to live. Hummingbirds are protected by law. On the other hand, why not enjoy them in the wild. Hang several hummingbird feeders and enjoy watching them in their natural habitat.After migrating to their winter homes in So.America, they will return to the same feeder year after year. So they are somewhat like an outdoor pet.
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