On 11/24/08, Thomas T. wrote:
> On 9/09/08, Stacy wrote:
>> If I am buying an Amazon from a person, do they have to come
>> with papers to be legal to have in the US? It is tagged on
>> the foot, born in US, but no paperwork.
> When a parrot of any species is crossing over state lines in
> most cases if not all the Department of Agriculture requires
> health certificate . If the parrot is already in the state
> live in this is not needed . I have been breeding parrots for
> 20 years now , and I breed Amazons . The open leg band on
> mature parrots can be tricky . Some breeder that buy parrots
> that are not banded will put an open band on the leg for
> the bird for a DNA test . I have never heard of a leg band
> saying born in the US , has any one else ?? In most cases
> like the others said an open band does mean a very mature
> imported parrot . Most closed bands will have the breeders
> initails , and the abreviation for the state they are from ,
> and an ID number . Sometimes they year will also be on the
> band . If you feel any concern that the bird is at risk of
> being sick ask the owner to get a health certificate from a
> avain vet . If they are not willing them search until you
> find one with a health certiricate .
Even "Born in the USA" bands once turned over will reveal
their true origin, "Born in Taiwan".