Decoding a Bird Band
Welcome guest, is this your first visit?
Member
Discoveries
 
Results 1 to 11 of 11
Like Tree2Likes
  • 1 Post By taz42o
  • 1 Post By ScrugneysGunDogs

Thread: Decoding a Bird Band

« Prev Thread | Next Thread »
  1. #1
    us
    Jun 2007
    Central Wisconsin
    ATPro
    1,197
    839 times
    Banner Finds (1)

    Decoding a Bird Band

    I found this bird band a while ago, haven't been able to decode it.

    MC 89 (sideways) 1881
    Attached Images Attached Images    

  2. #2
    us
    Dec 2008
    Ohio
    2,199
    1449 times

    Re: Decoding a Bird Band

    The only part I know is the year (sideways 89=1989)
    CRUSADER likes this.

  3. #3
    us
    #BigCypressSwamp

    Dec 2004
    South Florida
    70's Whites TM Amphibian, HH Pulse, Ace 250
    26,699
    2824 times
    Beach and Shallow Water Hunting

    Re: Decoding a Bird Band

    I think you can eliminate pigeon. Jeff of Pa listed some good pigeon sites here but none match MC. http://forum.treasurenet.com/index.p...,385795.0.html


    In some import birding codes the first letter is for the state. M may be for Michigan. http://forum.treasurenet.com/index.p...,308642.0.html

    But there are all kinds of birds banded it will take some searching. Closed bands are found on birds which have been banded as babies. This usually means that they are captive bred. They are slipped over the feet when young. The bands are permanent.

    Search "bird band" here in the what is it forum to look at others found. http://forum.treasurenet.com/index.php?action=search2

  4. #4
    us
    Apr 2011
    25
    3 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Re: Decoding a Bird Band

    There is some more info here http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbl/homepage/btypes.htm

    This is where you go to report banded waterfowl. http://www.reportband.gov/ I'll bet you can report that one there as well.
    civilman1 likes this.

  5. #5
    us
    #BigCypressSwamp

    Dec 2004
    South Florida
    70's Whites TM Amphibian, HH Pulse, Ace 250
    26,699
    2824 times
    Beach and Shallow Water Hunting

    Re: Decoding a Bird Band

    This is a good infomative link. It says pigeon bands are all plastic coated metal.
    http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbl/homepage/otherbnd.htm

    It sounds like a captive bred cage bird. The small permanent band was slipped over the feet when young.


    Cage Bird Bands
    Cage birds often wear bands. If these bands are solid, seamless bands they indicate that the bird is captive bred. Parrots that go through US quarantine wear a metal importation band made of heavy wire. Each type of cage bird (parakeet, cockatiel, finch, etc) has at least one group that issues bands to members for their use. Some regional bird clubs also issue bands to their members. These bands are metal with either the organization or breeders initials, a two-digit year, and a number. Check with local bird breeders or pet shops for information on cage bird bands. The Bird Banding Laboratory does not take reports of these bands.

  6. #6
    us
    Jun 2007
    Central Wisconsin
    ATPro
    1,197
    839 times
    Banner Finds (1)

    Re: Decoding a Bird Band

    This band is seamless aluminum. So, it must have been for a captive born bird.

  7. #7
    us
    #BigCypressSwamp

    Dec 2004
    South Florida
    70's Whites TM Amphibian, HH Pulse, Ace 250
    26,699
    2824 times
    Beach and Shallow Water Hunting

    Re: Decoding a Bird Band

    Quote Originally Posted by mick56
    This band is seamless aluminum. So, it must have been for a captive born bird.
    It looks like it. According to the link, MC would be the organization or breeders initials, 1989 the date.

  8. #8
    us
    Feb 2008
    Morgantown,WV
    Bounty Hunter Landstar
    4,618
    1000 times

    Re: Decoding a Bird Band

    To me this is as interesting as tracking down a lost gold treasure . Hope we get to read some answers .
    Wolfpack forever

  9. #9

    Aug 2019
    1
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    I need help with a bird tag too

    Quote Originally Posted by mick56 View Post
    I found this bird band a while ago, haven't been able to decode it.

    MC 89 (sideways) 1881
    I found one with a polish flag so what that means?

  10. #10
    us
    Aug 2015
    South Florida
    Garrett GTI-2500
    890
    1104 times
    Metal Detecting
    Quote Originally Posted by Solarabyss View Post
    I found one with a polish flag so what that means?
    I don't know, but if it were the flag of England, then it might be a Cornish game hen. (Groan...)

  11. #11
    89 is the year. The 1881 number, is the birds ID number. If it's a Pigeon band, the MC stands for the Homing Pigeon club the birds owner belonged to. If he didn't belong to a club, then the MC are usually the bird owners initials. Since you are from Wisconsin, you can research Pigeon clubs in your state, and look for one with the MC initials. The info will tell you what city the club is in, and may even give you the bird owners name. I have actually notified owners of some of the pigeon bands I have found, just to let them know that their bird was no longer around. I have never had an owner ask to send the band back to them. They just like to know, and thank me for taking the time to notify them. Good luck on your research.

 

 

Sponsored Links

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Search tags for this page

bird band gw fl

,

bird band locator

,
canary leg band decoding
,

decoding bird bands

,
decoding bird leg band
,
decoding bird leg bands
,
decoding canary leg bands
,
decoding parakeet band
,
how to decode a bird band
,
parrot band decoding
Click on a term to search for related topics.
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v4.3.0