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What kinda of birds of prey can you keep in the USA?

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Like can someone list them?

Topic starter Posted : July 30, 2017 12:01 pm
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I gave up on the idea of birds of prey for me, partly because I lost interest (I'm more into the smart and exotic birds - birds of prey seem rather stupid, unlike predatory mammals - crows would be tons more fun than raptors I think), partly because it seems in the states (if I move there), you have to have a falconry license to keep them. Meaning training FALCONRY, which is a completely different thing from just having some hawks or falcons at home in aviaries, for fun. And when you train under a mentor for TWO YEARS (apprenticeship, which is required by law), you can only own ONE bird at first, before you get permit/license to have more.

Traditionally, you don't buy captive-bred birds (though they do that, too, for sure) and just keep them. Instead, you capture a wild bird(!), then train it, use it to hunt, then maybe keep it for life, maybe release it. It's all really strange to me, and completely different from other bird keeping. (Why not possible to have captive-bred birds as aviary birds?)

So you can't simply buy and have birds of prey for the sake of it, as collector's animals or pets, in the US. ... -falconry/

If you can't read the quora Q&A, here's a short:

I'd love to have a falcon as a pet. I read a lot about falconry, but hunting is not really my thing, plus you need a ton of documents and licences. Is it viable to own a pet falcon without the hunting part? I imagine I'd care for it much like in case of falconry, just without live prey. I'd love to train it, but using other object instead of live animals - balls, for example. With proper care, is there anything wrong with keeping a falcon as a pet?

Any time you have any 'restrictions' for your raptor, it's an immediate no. These birds are hard to keep and even veterans make novice mistakes. That is why there is so much licensing and training required - and you must be licensed to keep one legally, at least in the United States.

Large domesticated birds are hard to keep - a raptor is even more difficult. It cannot, will not, and SHOULD NOT show you affection - it's not in its nature. It is a terrible pet.

If you still have the falcon itch, find a local raptor rescue - they may be in search of volunteers. This way you won't have to hunt and can still get close to the birds!

Exotic birds, canines, snakes and hoofstock are my main interests.

Posted : July 30, 2017 2:30 pm
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Posted : May 29, 2018 2:29 pm