Q&A: How to read a bird’s band?

February 18th, 2012

Question by Eon: How to read a bird’s band?
I have a yellow napped amazon who is 17 years old, and I am trying to figure out how to read his band. I have checked a few websites but found nothing concrete as of so far.

Items in ( ) are turned 90 degrees clockwise.

His band reads: (WA) JSM (92) 175

I am guessing that the (Wa) Means he was breed in Washington, and the (92) means he was hatched in 1992.

I have yet to figure out the JSM and the 175 though.

Do you have any ideas?

Best answer:

Answer by brucemoko
You’re right about the WA and 92. JSM is the breeder code. 175 doesn’t mean anything in particular – it’s just an ID number. It might mean it’s the 175th bird hatched by that breeder – or might not.

JSM is not a code I can find (it’s not listed at http://www.pamperedpeeps.com/bandsbreeders.htm and I don’t know of any bird society using those initials). If you’re really desperate you could try contacting L&M to see if they have any record from that long ago. They’re at http://home.earthlink.net/~lmbird/index.html

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