Exotic Wings & Pet Things can band birds from Parrotlets to Macaws.

The Fee is $7.00 per bird.

There are a number of reasons why identification of a bird is important. These include proof of ownership, government requirements, identification of lost or stolen birds, and tracking of birds for breeding purposes.

The most widely accepted means of identification of birds today is the leg band. Micro chipping and DNA fingerprinting are alternative methods which are gaining in popularity. Many people prefer these newer methods for a variety of reasons; however, at this time, the leg band is required by many government organizations.

Open bands are normally found on birds which were not or could not be banded as a baby. An open band is a piece of metal which has been bent into the form of a circle using a special pair of pliers. The ends of the band do not meet completely. After placement, the ends are then pinched together until they meet.


Bands are one method of identifying a lost or stolen bird. No matter how careful bird owners and breeders are, the unthinkable sometimes happens and a bird flies away. It may be found by a conscientious person who would like to return the bird to its owner. If the bird is wearing a band, the task becomes much easier. Many bands are traceable and a finder (with help from a pet store, veterinarian or breeder) may be able to trace the bird and its owner. If a finder advertises that a bird has been found, the true owner can prove his ownership of this particular bird if he has the band number.

If a bird has been stolen, the thief will often remove the band to prevent discovery. However, there are documented cases where birds have been recovered years later due to identification of the leg band. Removal of the band by a thief, decreases the value of the bird and some thieves take their chances. Reputable breeders and pet stores will question the history of an un-banded bird.

Anyone buying a bird as a pet should also question any bird which is not banded. The ability to remove a leg band is one of this method's drawbacks when compared to micro chipping or fingerprinting.


Those interested in breeding birds need a reliable method of identifying them. Keeping the gene pools diverse, pairing unrelated birds, breeding for traits or mutations are all important issues. Band numbers are used by breeders to identify and keep records on their birds.

Use of colored bands also enables a breeder to easily distinguish among multiple birds in an aviary without disturbing the birds. Breeders buying older birds can trace the origins of the birds to ensure that potential pairings are unrelated or to identify certain traits. Bands are also an inexpensive means of identification.


There are some bird owners and veterinarians who routinely remove the band from every bird they own or treat, believing that the band may be a cause of future injury. There are fears that a bird can get hung up in its cage by the band or that a bird will pick and chew at the band and its feet. All cages should be inspected for safety whether a bird is banded or not. Any exposed cage wire ends or other hazards should be removed. Experience has shown that if a band is of the proper size, most birds will not pick. There are instances where open bands have not been correctly closed, allowing thin objects to slide into the opening. This can be corrected by closing the band properly.

However, there will be instances when a band should be removed; it may be too small; there may be swelling, loss of feathers, picking or medical reasons. Consult your veterinarian if you have concerns.