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    Researching Rings on your Pet Bird

    ArticleThursday 09 December 2010
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    Bird ringing can be used for a number of different reasons. The most important use for a bird ring is for identification of your bird. With pet bird rings, owners can track their birds if they go missing or are stolen. Ringing also helps the government to keep track of illegal birds being sold. It assists with research and breeding matters. By knowing how to decipher the info on your pet bird rings, you will find the process of finding a lost bird much easier, should this unfortunate event occur. %%AFC-ADVERT%%

    Bird ringing is the term referring to the fitting of a small ring around a bird’s leg. This bird ringing can only be carried out by legally qualified people, as they are trained to keep the bird comfortable and safe.

    Bird rings have information on them specific to the bird. They detail:
    •    Species
    •    Age
    •    Condition
    •    Location of ringing

    Each bird ring is designed by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) out of lightweight metal.

    The number on the bird ring is unique and is used to show when the bird was caught, and a contact address. If the bird is found somewhere else, scientists can tell exactly where it has come from.

    The actual act of bird ringing can be tricky work. The necessary experience and skill is required so that birds do not become distressed.

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