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Old 10-02-2016, 07:43 PM
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Hi,

To make a long story short, we now have a parakeet with a band on its leg. The parakeet was found by someone else, who was unable to locate the owner or read the band. I have also been unable to read the band. I could grab the parakeet, but I'd rather not subject it to too much trauma on its first day with us.

As best I can tell, the band is black with white lettering. So far, I have seen only numbers.

I have looked on the Internet and the basic process seems to be to find the initials of the association which created the band and then search that group's site to match the band info to a breeder. Finally, we would have to contact the breeder and see if they can match the bird with whoever bought it.

If you have any other tips on how to track down the owner from the band, please let me know.

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Old 10-02-2016, 08:29 PM
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Hi ! Welcome to the forums!

Whenever I need to "man handle" a bird, I like to use a towel. Drape it right over the bird and make sure that his/her wings are tucked tight against it's body so you don't hurt it. A towel will also prevent you from getting bit. I've found that the birds are a lot calmer in the towel if they can't see what's going on. Just make it quick.

Once you have figured out the band ID, you can post it on here as well. We have a LOT of members from all over the world, and we may be able to help you track down the owner/breeder.

Typically, and band ID will include the breeders initials, the location abreviation of the breeder, the hatch year, and the chick number.

For example, my band ID's go like this. MLB (My initials) ON (Ontario) 16 (hatch year is 2016) 01 (First chick born to me that year)
MLB-ON-16-01
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It is generally helpful to contact local vets and animal shelters to see if anyone has reported their budgie as missing to those organizations.

I wish you success in locating the owner.
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Old 10-03-2016, 07:29 PM
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OK, I think I'm sure I have the complete band ID now and I didn't have to grab the bird. It's BBFG7697. This looks like an open band that spirals onto the leg, which is not what I was expecting. As I said, it's a black band with white lettering.

It's possible the Bs could be 8s and the G could be a C. It's not that I didn't get a good look at the band; it's that the printing style doesn't make the differences clear. Still, I'm pretty sure the ID I gave is correct. It's also possible that there could be some additional letters hidden in the spiral, but it wouldn't make much sense to design a band that way.

I am located in Portland, Oregon, USA.

The ID doesn't seem to match any system I have heard described. My vet claims to have had very little luck finding owners from bands. At best, she says, you find the breeder, but breeders don't keep records of the buyers (or, at least, not the ones she's encountered).

I also asked the person who found the bird to post a notice on nextdoor.com, which is a web site for neighborhoods. I have found nextdoor.com to be an amazing resource, but I can't post a notice to (or even access) the finder's neighborhood, so he's going to have to be willing to do that himself.

Thanks for all help!
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Thanks for the update.
May I ask if any of the numbers happened to be sideways?
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Thanks for the update.
May I ask if any of the numbers happened to be sideways?
Nothing sideways.
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Old 10-03-2016, 07:42 PM
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Split bands do not necessarily have information to identify the breeder. It may have, but usually only closed bands do, as they are put on when still in the nest and remain on as a lifetime id for the bird. Split bands can be taken on or off at any time so may not linked to a database or a id system.
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Hi! It's great you could take this little one in and be so diligent to find the owner! I think those leg bands are not the greatest way to find out anything!! So darned hard to read and as you know, no sure way of finding the breeder.
Will you be able keep him if you can't find the owner?
(curious minds, you know! )
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Split bands do not necessarily have information to identify the breeder. It may have, but usually only closed bands do, as they are put on when still in the nest and remain on as a lifetime id for the bird. Split bands can be taken on or off at any time so may not linked to a database or a id system.
Thanks for that information, Toni.

I've never seen a band that "spirals" although I have seen split bands.

Are "spiral" bands used for any particular reason?
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I took a look at the band in better light and it is not a spiral—it's a split band.

According to one site, split bands are placed on imported birds; however, I see sites that sell open bands for use by breeders. Also, an open band is supposed to be closed up so there is no gap. This band has a big gap, so it could possibly get hooked on something.

It seems that whatever information is on it is useless. I will probably have the vet remove it.

I've attached photos of the band. Just for fun, I added photos of the new bird (native colors—yellow/green) and Luke (white w/ blue/purple). Luke's shot is an old one and he was molting, so his little neck dots aren't present.

The two birds have seen each other for the first time. They are in separate cages and will remain separated for some time.
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