On 10/16/11, Randy wrote:
> On 10/14/11, Allor wrote:
>> On 8/12/11, Cynthia wrote:
>>> We just got an Timneh and she has a open band on her leg.
>>> We were told she is between 10/17 yrs. old. Does anyone
>>> know what year African Greys were banned from import to
>>> the USA? Thanks!
>> trade for all exotic birds and exotic animals was banned
>> around the early 1990's, I believe it was banned around 1992
>> though. It's 2011 now so that bird you got may be illegal, I
>> suggest you go to your local government and ask them what to
>> do. Certain states have different laws, for instance, I need
>> to have a permit to own a bird because I live in NJ.
> If your bird is now at the maximum age of 17 yrs old, that
> means it was born in 1994. The ban went into effect in 1992 so
> only it's parents may have been illegally imported. Your bird
> was born in the US. Not to worry.
I see you posted this back in Aug. I hope you are still checking
for replies. I would certainly not go running to any govt.
official. Very bad advice. True, an open band means nothing.
There is no way anyone other than the person who applied it knows
why or what, if anything, it means. Even if the bird was somehow
smuggled in, it's all water under the bridge now. The
explanation could be as simple as she passed through a shelter or
rescue at one time and they applied the band, for their own
purposes of identification and record keeping. She's your bird
and whatever went on is no fault of hers or yours. If it were
me, I would have my vet remove it. Since it means nothing there
is no reason for her to wear it. Even if you feel it might be of
value in locating her if she is ever lost, it doesn't matter as
it's easily removed by anyone who wants to keep her. If there is
even a small chance of her ever escaping, I'd have her