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Do BA have special animal cargo handlers for pet birds transfer via Heathrow to Miami from South Africa?

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Why not call BA and ask them directly? – Nate Eldredge Apr 19 '14 at 17:43
The BA website itself says to call about traveling with pets. Also they seem not to mention much more than cats and dogs on their traveling with pets page. – Vagish Apr 28 '14 at 18:04

Seatguru has a copy of what they claim is British Airway's pet policy:

Due to the size of the cargo hold, British Airways will only carry smaller animals such as cats, dogs, birds, reptiles and tropical fish. (American pit bulls, Pit bull terriers, Japanese tosas, Fila Brazileiros, Togo Argentinos, bulldogs, Pugs and Pekinese are not accepted).

There's more criteria there about what you need to do.

However, much of the information relates to cats and dogs.

It's worth noting that British Airways uses IAG Cargo for pet carrying. Their page on live animal cargo indicates that they'll carry almost anything, from snakes to birds to horses, and have information on pet container requirements. I suspect if you don't have an applicable container, they'll be able to rent you something - it'd make sense to have that as part of their service as it'd be a common requirement.

Note that there's usually customs regulations on transporting live animals, even birds, so it's worth contacting BA or IAG and making sure you have everything you might need - paperwork, vaccinations (do they vaccinate birds? I don't know) and the correct transportation container.

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