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Does banding bother birds?

Does banding bother birds?

No, banding does not hurt birds.

Where are the most banded ducks shot?

Mallards and Canadas are by far the most banded waterfowl. In coastal Texas where I hunt these happen to be the least harvest waterfowl so the odds here are very slim. In 20 years of waterfowl hunting I have been the party that killed a banded redhead and a banded mottled duck.

Where is the bird banding Laboratory for the United States?

the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
The North American Bird Banding Program (NABBP), along with its Bird Banding Laboratory (BBL), has its home at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center.

What do you do if you find a bird that’s tagged?

If you have found or harvested a banded bird, please report it at You’ll need the band number, or numbers, if the bird has more than one band.

Should I remove my birds band?

Never try to remove a leg band at home. Bird legs are very fragile and it is easy to injure your bird.

Should I band my birds?

Should I have my bird’s leg band removed? The leg band is often the only form of identification for a bird. Unfortunately, if it is removed, positive identification becomes difficult and unreliable. A leg band is rarely linked to owners.

What are the odds of shooting a banded duck?

Overall, band recovery rates are only about six percent for waterfowl, and even less for non-game species—likely around 0.5 percent for songbirds. Because band recovery rates are so low, reward bands were created to entice hunters to phone and report when and where they harvested a banded bird.

What is the rarest banded duck?

Among the real rarities are the 2,000 or so bands (per species) recovered from cinnamon teal, common goldeneyes and buffleheads. Rarer still are bands from ruddy ducks, long-tailed ducks (oldsquaws) and spectacled eiders. If you have a ruddy duck band, you’re one of only 550 hunters who can make that claim.

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