Okay I have been there and done that.
It took me a good month to get MaLuka's USDA papers after spending HOURS on the internet and phone calls as well. I found out thru his ID band that he was imported into LAX. I called LAX and asked for their "import #" You will at least find out where your bird was imported due to his ID band. After that the USDA has all his records. Sad to say, the USDA destroyed many of their documents when it became illegal to import the birds to the United States. A mistake they say was "very unfortunate". Anyhow, I got all my information from SARA KAMAN, DVM, USDA, APHIS, NATIONAL CENTER FOR IMPORT AND EXPORT.
It states on July 17, 1987 that 170 M2 were imported and the 2 died during quarantine. I have the records for leg band numbers begining with CWR348 thru 713, CWS311 thru 988, CWF 524- 694 Cwq 281 thru 970, and 0n 9/16 another CWR 000-079, 966, 967, 971, 974, 975, 979 - 986, 972, 973, 976 - 978, 987, 988 - 999. If your bird has any of the first 3 alpha letters I stated and then the last 3 numeric #'s I do have the records and could fax you a copy. They have all types of birds listed. I must say I spend a good month aquiring all this information. "It was not easy" I know how it feels to want to know the history of your bird - especially if he does have a leg band and was imported thru the USDA. Hope this helps. Please let me know as I will be curious.
* Note: This post has been edited at the request
of the USDA. Please read the following posted in the "Todays Announcements" Forum.
They feel that a few inquiries are OK, but dont
want it posted on a message board. Some of their reasons are completly valid... one isnt. But thats ok, I understand their problem. *Jerry