Pet birds and parrots are close-banded with rings or bands usually made of stainless steel, aluminum, or plastic to show that they are not imported and as a record for breeders. Since closed bands must be put on the bird during weaning, the band is evidence that the bird was not wild caught and can help provide information about a bird’s parentage, age, and original ownership if the bird breeder can be tracked down.
On some occasions bands can help find lost or stolen birds by tracing the breeder code on the bird band. Unfortunately there is no central national database to help decipher the bands or for more information so oftentimes research must be done. The band may include national bird organization initials, breeder code, year of hatch, and state of hatch.
1. Sometimes the band will have the initials of the national bird organization saving you some time. If the logo is on the band then the organization may be able to point you to the right direction and may be able to help you find the breeder if the band is traceable. If the logo is not on the band then the first step is to find an organization that deals with your particular bird or parrot and find out if they sell bands or can give you information about the breeder code.
2. Check with some of the larger companies that sell bands. L & M Bird Leg Bands and Red Bird Products Inc. are some of the largest companies that sell bird bands to organizations and breeders that are traceable.
3. Finally you might want to check with some of the large breeders in your area or if the band has a state code check with some of the large breeders in that state to get some clues at where the bird or parrot came from. Birdbreeders.com has a listing of breeders by state to help pursue information.
National Bird Associations