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does any one keep mourning doves as pets

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by KWAK, Jul 1, 2011.

  1. KWAK

    KWAK Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 2, 2009
    I was given a baby mourning dove whowas just starting to grow feathers... s/he is now starting to fly and is very tame, wont let me go any where with out it!
    what is your expierience withthem?
  2. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    I don't have any because its illegal in most/all of the USA to own native migratory birds w/o special permits, I don't have the extra time for the classes or the money to mantain the permits.

    A wildlife plce might know but I bet they are like all other grain eating doves.

    (not only grain that's just a nickname, but grain as in pigeons opposed to fruit like diamond doves)
  3. DuranAndy

    DuranAndy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 5, 2010
    Quote:Diamond doves are seed eaters too.
  4. pheasantfreak

    pheasantfreak Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 25, 2011
    Preston, idaho
    where i live you can own them because there is so many anyway
  5. abluechipstock

    abluechipstock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 13, 2009
    fort ashby, wv
    Wild bird seed is good for them to eat, guess they would be just like regular doves with care and husbandry.
  6. Hoss1975

    Hoss1975 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 14, 2011
    north central Indiana
    They are illegal to keep in all 50 states,they are protected under the federal migratory bird act.It is a federal crime to keep them,there is no place in the US that you can legally keep them.
  7. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    Quote:Diamond doves are seed eaters too.

    Sorry, you are right, don't know why I was lead to believe differently...



    Partial Listing of Covered Species
    American Black Vulture Coragyps atratus, one of the species covered under the treaty.

    The following is a sampling of some of the more commonly known birds of the over 800 species covered under the treaty:

    Bald Eagle, Haliaeetus leucocephalus
    Black-capped Chickadee, Parus atricapillus
    American Black Vulture, Coragyps atratus
    Northern Cardinal, Cardinalis cardinalis
    Cedar Waxwing, Bombycilla cedrorum
    Cliff Swallow, Hirundo pyrrhonota
    Barn Owl, Tyto alba
    Barn Swallow, Hirundo rustica
    Common Nighthawk, Chordeiles minor
    Downy Woodpecker, Picoides pubescens
    Gray Catbird, Dumetella carolinensis
    Mourning Dove, "Zenaida macroura"
    Northern Mockingbird, Mimus polyglottos
    Red-tailed Hawk, Buteo jamaicensis
    Red-winged Blackbird, Agelaius phoeniceus
    Swamp Sparrow, Melospiza georgiana
    Turkey Vulture, Cathartes aura
    American Crow, Corvus brachyrhynchos
    Common Raven, Corvus corax
    Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Archilochus colubris
    Canada Goose, Branta canadensis
  8. DuranAndy

    DuranAndy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 5, 2010
    Quote:You can keep birds protected under the Migratory Bird Act, but you have to get a permit. Even raptors such as hawks can be kept with special permits.
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2011
  9. Mary Of Exeter

    Mary Of Exeter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2009
    Rowan County, NC
    If you get your federal wildlife rehab license, you can rehab (and keep if they are imprinted, as they wouldn't do any good in the wild at that point) protected birds.
  10. pheasantfreak

    pheasantfreak Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 25, 2011
    Preston, idaho
    either way i have my federal permit

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