I just brought an English budgie home from a pet store. She'd been there a long time and she wore me down on our last trip there. She has a band on her right leg. Is there a way to find out where she came from? The store owner stated he had no idea, although I have a hunch she was turned in by a previous owner because her band says 03, so she's not a baby. I've done a brief search online, but haven't found a specific site or even much information on specific bands. Thanks for any info you can provide.
Becky
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What is the complete information written on the band?

Paulo
What is the complete information written on the band?

The silver band on the English budgie reads 03 (sideways, in smaller print) 59L2878
The silver band on the English budgie reads 03 (sideways, in smaller print) 59L2878

The big 03 most likely means that your budgie
is about two years old (born in 2003).
The other band code info probably identifies the aviary, or possibly a shipment and quarantine processing location if your bird was imported. I have no idea how to decode this, or even if it is possible to do so. I suspect that there is no standard meaning or format, and that breeders just put whatever they want there for their own purposes.
If this is really important, try asking in:
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Thank you, I'll give that a try.
Becky
The other band code info probably identifies the aviary, or possibly a shipment and quarantine processing location if your bird ... there is no standard meaning or format, and that breeders just put whatever they want there for their own purposes.

There is a standard, if it is (and it sounds like) an ABS band (American Budgerigar Society). The 59L is the breeder number, the L being the first letter of the last name or aviary. However, bands are sold consecutively numbered by each buyer (at least they were a few years back, when I was buying them) and 2878 seems liek a LOT of bands.
Yoiu can contact the ABS for contact information of the breeder.

XXgizzieXX
There is a standard, if it is (and it sounds like) an ABS band (American Budgerigar Society). The 59L ... least they were a few years back, when I was buying them) and 2878 seems liek a LOT of bands.

Thank you so much. I see on the ABS site that the 2003 bands were silver, so it's very possible this bird was banded by an ABS member. It so happens that the WBO band color was also silver that year, so not sure what that means as far as my search goes. Anyway, I wrote to the secretary of the ABS, so will see if I get a response. Hope so! Emotion: smile)
Becky
Thank you so much. I see on the ABS site that the 2003 bands were silver, so it's very possible ... I wrote to the secretary of the ABS, so will see if I get a response. Hope so! Emotion: smile)

Let me know, I'm really curious about that high number. I'm thinking maybe bands are now numbered as a *total*, instead of by breeder, but
that number would still be high. I haven't bred budgies since..yikes,
1991, so I'm sure some things have changed since then.

XXgizzieXX
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