The Migratory Bird Treaty Act affects both the USA, Canada, Mexico, Japan and Russia and makes it illegal to possess parts including bones, nests, and feathers of any native or protected species of bird, ranging from common songbirds to rare eagles. This law is in place to prevent the passenger pigeon extinction from happening to another species of bird.

Breaking this law can result in fines or possible jail time depending on the severity of the offense. Here is a list of bird species that are NOT protected by the MBTA. Please follow your state/province laws when collecting/purchasing anything even if it is unprotected by the MBTA, different states have different laws. For any specific questions please call or email your local DNR.

Family Anatidae

    Aix galericulata, Mandarin Duck
    Alopochen aegyptiacus, Egyptian Goose
    Anas hottentota, Hottentot Teal
    Anas luzonica, Philippine Duck
    Anser anser, Graylag Goose
    Anser anser `domesticus', Domestic Goose
    Anser cygnoides, Swan Goose
    Anser indicus, Bar-headed Goose
    Branta ruficollis, Red-breasted Goose
    Callonetta leucophrys, Ringed Teal
    Chenonetta jubata, Maned Duck
    Coscoroba coscoroba, Coscoroba Swan
    Cygnus atratus, Black Swan
    Cygnus melanocoryphus, Black-necked Swan
    Cygnus olor, Mute Swan*
    Dendrocygna viduata, White-faced Whistling-Duck
    Neochen jubata, Orinoco Goose
    Netta peposaca, Rosy-billed Pochard
    Netta rufina, Red-crested Pochard
    Nettapus coromandelianus, Cotton Pygmy-goose
    Tadorna ferruginea, Ruddy Shelduck
    Tadorna tadorna, Common Shelduck

Family Pelecanidae

    Pelecanus onocroatalis, Great White Pelican
    Pelecanus rufescens, Pink-backed Pelican

Family Phalacrocoracidae

    Phalacrocorax gaimardi, Red-legged Cormorant

Family Anhingidae

    Anhinga melanogaster, Oriental Darter

Family Threskiornithidae

    Platalea leucorodia, Eurasian Spoonbill
    Threskiornis aethiopicus, Sacred Ibis

Family Ciconiidae

    Ciconia abdimii, Abdim's Stork
    Ciconia ciconia, White Stork
    Ciconia episcopus, Woolly-necked Stork
    Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus, Black-necked Stork

Family Cathartidae

    Sarcoramphus papa, King Vulture

Family Phoenicopteridae

    Phoenicopterus chilensis, Chilean Flamingo
    Phoenicopterus minor, Lesser Flamingo

Family Accipitridae

    Buteo polyosoma, Red-backed Hawk
    Buteogallus urubitinga, Great Black-Hawk
    Gyps sp., Griffon-type Old World vulture
    Terathopius ecuadatus, Bateleur

Family Rallidae

    Aramides cajanea, Gray-necked Wood-Rail

Family Gruiidae

    Balearica pavonina, Black Crowned-Crane
    Balearica regulorum, Gray Crowned-Crane
    Grus antigone, Sarus Crane
    Grus virgo, Demoiselle Crane

Family Charadriidae

    Vanellus chilensis, Southern Lapwing
    Vanellus spinosus, Spur-winged Lapwing

Family Laridae

    Larus novaehollandiae, Silver Gull

Family Columbidae

    Caloenas nicobarica, Nicobar Pigeon
    Chalcophaps indica, Emerald Dove
    Columba livia, Rock Pigeon*
    Columba palumbus, Common Wood-Pigeon
    Gallicolumba luzonica, Luzon Bleeding-heart
    Geopelia cuneata, Diamond Dove
    Geopelia humeralis, Bar-shouldered Dove
    Geopelia striata, Zebra Dove*
    Geophaps lophotes, Crested Pigeon
    Geophaps plumifera, Spinifex Pigeon
    Geophaps smithii, Partridge Pigeon
    Leucosarcia melanoleuca, Wonga Pigeon
    Phaps chalcoptera, Common Bronzewing
    Starnoenas cyanocephala, Blue-headed Quail-Dove
    Streptopelia bitorquata, Island Collared-Dove*
    Streptopelia chinensis, Spotted Dove*
    Streptopelia decaocto, Eurasian Collared-Dove*
    Streptopelia risoria, Ringed Turtle-Dove*

Family Strigidae

    Pulsatrix perspicillata, Spectacled Owl

Family Trochilidae

    Anthracothorax nigricollis, Black-throated Mango

Family Corvidae

    Callocitta colliei, Black-throated Magpie-Jay
    Corvus albicollis, White-necked Raven
    Corvus corone, Carrion Crow
    Corvus nasicus, Cuban Crow
    Corvus splendens, House Crow
    Cyanocorax caeruleus, Azure Jay
    Cyanocorax sanblasianus, San Blas Jay
    Dendrocitta vagabunda, Rufous Treepie
    Garrulus glandarius, Eurasian Jay
    Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax, Red-billed Chough
    Urocissa erythrorhyncha, Blue Magpie (Red-billed Blue-Magpie)

Family Alaudidae

    Alauda japonica, Japanese Skylark
    Lullula arborea, Wood Lark
    Melanocorypha calandra, Calandra Lark
    Melanocorypha mongolica, Mongolian Lark

Family Paridae

    Parus caeruleus, Blue Tit
    Parus major, Great Tit
    Parus varius, Varied Tit

Family Cinclidae

    Cinclus cinclus, White-throated (Eurasian) Dipper

Family Sylviidae

    Cettia diphone, Japanese Bush-Warbler*
    Sylvia atricapilla, Blackcap

Family Turdidae

    Copsychus malbaricus, White-rumped Shama*
    Copsychus saularis, Oriental Magpie-Robin
    Erithacus rubecula, European Robin
    Luscinia akahige, Japanese Robin
    Luscinia komadori, Ryukyu Robin
    Luscinia megarhynchos, Common (European) Nightingale
    Saxicoloides fulicata, Indian Robin
    Turdus philomelos, Song Thrush
    Turdus ruficollis, Dark-throated Thrush

Family Prunellidae

    Prunella modularis, Hedge Accentor (Dunnock)

Family Thraupidae

    Piranga rubriceps, Red-hooded Tanager
    Thraupis episcopus, Blue-gray Tanager
    Cyanerpes cyaneus, Red-legged Honeycreeper

Family Emberizidae

    Emberiza citrinella, Yellowhammer
    Gubernatrix cristata, Yellow Cardinal
    Loxigilla violacea, Greater Antillean Bullfinch
    Melopyrrha nigra, Cuban Bullfinch
    Paroaria capitata, Yellow-billed Cardinal*
    Paroaria coronata, Red-crested Cardinal*
    Paroaria dominicana, Red-cowled Cardinal
    Paroaria gularis, Red-capped Cardinal
    Sicalis flaveola, Saffron Finch*
    Tiaris canora, Cuban Grassquit

Family Cardinalidae

    Passerina leclacherii, Orange-breasted Bunting

Family Icteridae

    Gymnostinops montezuma, Montezuma Oropendola
    Icterus icterus, Troupial*
    Icterus pectoralis, Spot-breasted Oriole*
    Leistes (Sturnella) militaris, Red-breasted Blackbird (Greater 
Red-breasted Meadowlark)

Family Fringillidae

    Carduelis cannabina, Eurasian Linnet
    Carduelis carduelis, European Goldfinch
    Carduelis chloris, European Greenfinch
    Carduelis cucullata, Red Siskin*
    Carduelis magellanica, Hooded Siskin
    Loxia pysopsittacus, Parrot Crossbill
    Serinus canaria, Island (Common) Canary*
    Serinus leucopygius, White-rumped Seedeater
    Serinus mozambicus, Yellow-fronted Canary*

    The MBTA also does not apply to many other bird species, including 
(1) nonnative species that have not been introduced into the U.S. or 
its territories, and (2) species (native or nonnative) that belong to 
the families not referred to in any of the four treaties underlying the 
MBTA. The second category includes the Tinamidae (tinamous), Cracidae 
(chachalacas), Phasianidae (grouse, ptarmigan, and turkeys), 
Odontophoridae (New World quail), Burhinidae (thick-knees), Glareolidae 
(pratincoles), Pteroclididae (sandgrouse), Psittacidae (parrots), 
Todidae (todies), Dicruridae (drongos), Meliphagidae (honeyeaters), 
Monarchidae (monarchs), Pycnonotidae (bulbuls), Sylviinae (Old World 
warblers, except as listed in Russian treaty), Muscicapidae (Old World 
flycatchers, except as listed in Russian treaty), Timaliidae 
(wrentits), Zosteropidae (white-eyes), Sturnidae (starlings, except as 
listed in Japanese treaty), Coerebidae (bananaquits), Drepanidinae 
(Hawaiian honeycreepers), Passeridae (Old World sparrows, including 
house or English sparrow), Ploceidae (weavers), and Estrildidae 
(estrildid finches), as well as numerous other families not represented 
in the United States or its territories.

Egyptian Goose (gosling) ~ Nilgans (Dunenküken) ~ Alopochen aegyptiacus

So much fuzziness. :-) I actually wanted to go back but feared that not all of the 9 goslings might have survived … I hope they did, though. They must be huge by now. :-)

2014 © Jesse Alveo


Egyptian Goose (gosling) ~ Nilgans (Dunenküken) ~ Alopochen aegyptiacus

2014 © Jesse Alveo

“Why do birds suddenly appear?” ~ The Carpenters

Spent a fantastic afternoon with big city birds - pigeons, geese, ducks and a crow. The nine Egyptian Goose goslings, only a few days old and extremely early heralds of spring, were especially delightful to watch. Just look at their pretty grey-brown eyes that will change to a bright orange when they have reached adulthood. I spotted them and their parents wandering around a small lake in the city in the middle of the night and came back the next day (a sunny day, hehe) for a photo shoot. :-)