Keeping Wild Birds as Pets


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How do you befriend a wild bird?

Trying to keep a wild bird as a pet is a horrible idea in the vast majority of cases, and depending on where you live, it could also be illegal.

In the United States, it is illegal to hold any type of native wild bird in captivity, and anyone caught in the act could be charged with a felony.

The law even extends to things like feathers and eggshells, which means that owning a feather, egg, eggshell, or anything of that kind from a native wild bird is also illegal.

This is just one of the reasons why it is generally best to avoid the idea of ​​taming a wild bird and keeping it as a pet.

Ethics of keeping wild birds as pets

Another problem with keeping "wild birds" as pets is that it would be unethical to do so. Taking a wild animal out of its habitat and placing it in a cage is not very humane in the eyes of most people, and the vast majority of parrots and other species commonly kept as pets have been bred in captivity.

These birds wear a metal band around one of their legs to show that they were not taken from the wild.

It would probably be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to find an avian vet who will agree to treat a wild bird if it becomes ill, especially if it is a protected species.

If you find a wild bird that you think is orphaned and needs help, let it go and tell your local wildlife agency about the situation.

This way, you can be sure that the bird will be well cared for and that you are dealing with the situation legally.

There are some cases where you might be legally allowed to have an orphan bird that you find, but that would only be if it were a European starling, pigeon, or sparrow, the three species that are not protected by law in the United States. State.

And the sport of falconry?

In general, trying to own a bird of prey is very illegal and a bad idea - birds of prey are very difficult to care for. However, the sport of falconry is one that many people practice and enjoy.

The falcons used in the sport are bred in captivity and undergo rigorous training. To get involved in falconry, you must have an extreme interest in the sport and a commitment to doing everything you can to care for your birds.

While anyone can become a falconer, it is not an easy process. You first need to find an experienced, established Falconer to sponsor you and help you get a taste of the sport for the first time.

From there, you must obtain several permits in order to have a bird, and these are at both the federal and state levels in the United States.

It is a large investment, a long process, and a process that few people can do. However, if you are interested in learning more about falconry, you should start by contacting the Falconers Association of North America.

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