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African Scops Owl mount: legal in the US?

Discussion in 'Bird Taxidermy' started by ginevive, Feb 21, 2012.

  1. Searching high and low, and not getting anywhere on this one. Thanks for any feedback.
  2. ravenswings1

    ravenswings1 New Member

    Have you searched the list of US protected birds?


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

  3. I don't see it on that list, either. Useful list; thanks for posting!
  4. mjvaden

    mjvaden New Member

    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
  5. Glass eye

    Glass eye New Member

    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.
  6. Nancy C

    Nancy C Well-Known Member

    Hmmm ... I've been wondering what to do with my surplus silkies.
  7. Glass eye

    Glass eye New Member

    Sculpt an eagles beak and give the eyes a little visor, and abra-cadbra....
  8. Any idea about the Indian scops owl? Thanks for your replies.
  9. mjvaden

    mjvaden New Member

    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!!!!