Avian DNA Fingerprinting
To book a DNA test, please book a bird grooming and state in the notes that you would like a DNA test. We can perform other grooming services during this appointment as well. To book a bird grooming, please click here.
Procedures upon arrival are the same as bird grooming. If you are unfamiliar with our process, please read the instructions on the grooming page. Your bird MUST arrive in a suitable carrier. If your bird does not arrive in a suitable carrier we may not be able to provide these services. We do suggest that your bird is banded if you are going to have them DNA tested. This is important for legitimizing the result on the certificate. For more information about banding, read this.
DNA fingerprints are unique to each individual. Just like in humans, a bird inherits half of their genes from their father, and half from their mother. DNA fingerprints are read as a pattern, and referred to as their DNA profile. The closer related two birds are, the more similar their DNA profiles will be.
DNA fingerprinting results are permanent and can be used as a form of identification in the court of law.
DNA fingerprinting costs $95 per bird. Exotic Wings collects a small blood sample for the test. This is done as quickly and smoothly as possible. Test results are usually obtained in around 10 business days. The bird's owner will receive a PDF report.