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Jen D.
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« on: February 21, 2012, 09:03:47 PM »

Searching high and low, and not getting anywhere on this one. Thanks for any feedback.
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ravenswings1
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« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2012, 11:04:18 PM »

Have you searched the list of US protected birds?

http://www.fws.gov/migratorybirds/RegulationsPolicies/mbta/taxolst.html

All I see is:  Otus sunia, Oriental Scops-Owl

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Jen D.
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« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2012, 11:41:28 PM »

I don't see it on that list, either. Useful list; thanks for posting!
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« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2012, 10:25:04 AM »

ginevive, Yes It is legal to buy, sell, trade, or possess a whitefaced scops owl here in the US. They are not listed on the MBTA or the ESA. and are unrestricted here. If the bird is out of the county the legal importation is VERY complex and should be avoided.

Best of  luck, Mike
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« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2012, 11:27:19 AM »

Although certain raptors from foreign countries are legal, and even if they were easily obtained, I don't think I'd want them in my showroom because I'm certain that someone who doesn't know better is going to "drop a dime on you "  I 'd just rather avoid the hassles.
Decades ago I had a bunch of silky hens die and rather than toss them I mounted them. I had 3 white silkies in my showroom and some very angry woman threatened to call Fish & Wildlife on me for having "baby eagles".  My laughter created some doubts for her and I said to go ahead, I'd love to see the looks on the feds faces.
I know Mike deals with those raptors and he produces some stunning pieces, but he's probably use to dealing with the feds.
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« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2012, 12:42:57 PM »

Hmmm ... I've been wondering what to do with my surplus silkies.
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« Reply #6 on: February 22, 2012, 01:54:00 PM »

Hmmm ... I've been wondering what to do with my surplus silkies.
Sculpt an eagles beak and give the eyes a little visor, and abra-cadbra....
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Jen D.
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« Reply #7 on: February 22, 2012, 02:10:22 PM »

Any idea about the Indian scops owl? Thanks for your replies.
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« Reply #8 on: February 22, 2012, 11:05:07 PM »

There are 42 species of scops owls but you are only really going to be able to fine 2 or 3 at the most and and Indian is probably not one of them.

Go to https://edecs.fws.gov/ and click on the species search on the left side. search and fins the species and it will tell you if they are listed on the MBTA or ESA. if they are not then they are OK to have..... again where it will get extremely complicated it  if you want to import them. If they are already here in the US go buy them!!!!
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