Posted by Joyce on 11/07/11
On 10/17/11, GreyLady wrote:
> 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
The band you are referring to is called a roller band and many
people still use them today. so do not be alarmed about the band. It
is just a open roller band. It should tell you some information
about the breeder. You can check out roller bands on L&M leg bands.