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Bird Leg Bands / Leg Ring Information

Bird Bands for sale



Young Gouldian Finches are now easy to identify.

Four months later they have changed but their leg bands haven't.


Using Leg Band Colours & Lengths

Here are some ways that you can use finch leg bands / finch leg rings to help identify individual birds, groups of birds and bird families.
These are examples of a Four leg ring color code system a Two leg ring color code system an Olympic leg ring color code system and a Leg ring length code system.
You can also make up your own codes system.


Four Leg Ring Colour Code System



Four Leg Ring Colour Code System

The Four leg ring color code system requires less or no written records to be kept as most of the information is worn on the legs.

Each extra ring narrows down from a large group to an individual bird.
1. Year of birth colour = all the same colour on those born in the same year. (used for choosing what to breed from and what to sell)
2. Month of birth colour = different age groups. (for breeding)
3. Family colour = brothers and sisters. (not to breed with each other)
4. Pair colour = birds that are breeding. (which is only used on one male and one female top right leg so it is also used to identify individuals)

When the birds are ready to sell, some or all of the leg bands can easily be removed.

4. Birds Left Leg - Top
This color shows what
two birds have formed a pair.
Choose a new color that has
not already been used on a left leg.
This color is also to be used on
bottom of their babies left leg.

4. Pair / 2. Month
2. Birds Right Leg - Top
Green shows born in May.
See Charts below.


3. Birds Left Leg - Bottom
This color is to identify the
young in the same family.
It is to be the same color as
the leg band on top of parents left leg.

3. Family / 1. Year
1. Birds Right Leg - Bottom
Purple shows born 2011
See Charts below.


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1.Year Of Birth Colour Code (leg band on bottom of birds right leg)

Finch leg bands / finch leg rings for showing the year of birth. Every country has developed its own set of colors that rotate to show the year born.
Many have a 6 year colour cycle. This may be because birds are not expected to be breeding or showing at their best after six years.


2. Month Of Birth Colour Code (leg band on top of birds right leg)

Finch leg bands / finch leg rings for showing the month of birth.
Used to identify birds born earlier in the year which will be more mature for breeding the following year than birds born later in the year.

Month
Jan - Brown
Feb - Red
Mar - Orange
Apr - Yellow
May - Green
Jun - Blue
Jul - Purple
Aug - Grey
Sep - White
Oct - Black
Nov - Gold
Dec - Silver


3. Young Bird Family Identification Colour Code (leg band on bottom of birds left leg)

Finch leg bands / finch leg rings for showing the young in the same family.
It is to be the same color as the leg band on top of parents right leg.

Brown
Red
Orange
Yellow
Green
Blue
Purple
Grey
White
Black
Gold
Silver
Bronze
Reddish Brown
Beige
Pink
Pearl
Light Green
Light Blue
Flesh Pink
Cream
Clear


4. Breeding Pair Identification Colour Code (leg band on top of birds left leg)

Finch leg bands / finch leg rings for identifing two birds that have formed a pair.
This color is also to be used on bottom of their babies right leg.

Brown
Red
Orange
Yellow
Green
Blue
Purple
Grey
White
Black
Gold
Silver
Bronze
Reddish Brown
Beige
Pink
Pearl
Light Green
Light Blue
Flesh Pink
Cream
Clear


Two Leg Ring Colour Code System



Two Leg Ring Colour Code System

The Two leg ring color code system only identifies the individual bird and would require matching written records to be kept.
The number can be read from the code as the bird faces you.


Birds Left Leg
Purple is the code for number
7.
See Chart below.

Reads 57
when bird faces you.

Birds Right Leg
Green is the code for number
5.
See Chart below.


Individual Colour Number Code - Two Leg Ring Colour Code System

Finch leg bands / finch leg rings color coded to numbers. Example Brown + Black = 10
For identifing an individual bird. This would require matching written records to be kept.

1 - Brown
2 - Red
3 - Orange
4 - Yellow
5 - Green
6 - Blue
7 - Purple
8 - Grey
9 - White
0 - Black


Olympic Leg Ring Colour Code System



Olympic Leg Ring Colour Code System

Judge your Good, Better & Best birds.


GOLD

Gold = Best birds.


SILVER

Silver = Better birds.

BRONZE

Bronze = Good birds.


Leg Ring Length Code System


Look at the combinations that can be made using a mixture of 2.5mm and 5mm finch leg rings compared to only using 5mm.
That is 15 combinations with only one colour taking up 5mm of leg space on each leg.

  5mm leg rings = 3 combinations 2.5mm leg rings = 8 combinations 2.5mm + 5mm leg rings = 15 combinations
  Left Leg Right Leg Left Leg Right Leg Left Leg Right Leg
1 5mm None 2.5mm None 2.5mm None
2 None 5mm None 2.5mm None 2.5mm
3 5mm 5mm 2.5mm 2.5mm 2.5mm 2.5mm
4     2.5mm, 2.5mm None 2.5mm, 2.5mm None
5     None 2.5mm, 2.5mm None 2.5mm, 2.5mm
6     2.5mm 2.5mm, 2.5mm 2.5mm 2.5mm, 2.5mm
7     2.5mm, 2.5mm 2.5mm 2.5mm, 2.5mm 2.5mm
8     2.5mm, 2.5mm 2.5mm, 2.5mm 2.5mm, 2.5mm 2.5mm, 2.5mm
9         5mm None
10         None 5mm
11         5mm 5mm
12         2.5mm 5mm
13         5mm 2.5mm
14         2.5mm, 2.5mm 5mm
15         5mm 2.5mm, 2.5mm



Leg Ring Colour Code System Comparison Summary

See more detailed explanations further down the page.

Colour Four Legring
Colour Code
System
Two Legring
Colour Code
System
Olympic Legring
Colour Code
System
Legring Length Code System
with maximum 1 x 5mm legband
or 1 x 2.5mm legbands on each leg
Legring Length Code System
with maximum 1 x 5mm legband
or 2 x 2.5mm legbands on each leg
Brown Identification / Month Number 1   1 colour = 3 combinations 1 colour = 15 combinations
Red Identification / Month / Year Number 2   2 colours = 8 combinations 2 colours = 24 combinations
Orange Identification / Month Number 3   3 colours = 15 combinations 3 colours = 35 combinations
Yellow Identification / Month Number 4   4 colours = 24 combinations 4 colours = 48 combinations
Green Identification / Month / Year Number 5   5 colours = 35 combinations 5 colours = 63 combinations
Blue Identification / Month / Year Number 6   6 colours = 48 combinations 6 colours = 80 combinations
Purple Identification / Month / Year Number 7   7 colours = 63 combinations 7 colours = 99 combinations
Grey Identification / Month Number 8   8 colours = 80 combinations 8 colours = 120 combinations
White Identification / Month Number 9   9 colours = 99 combinations 9 colours = 143 combinations
Black Identification / Month / Year Number 0   10 colours = 120 combinations 10 colours = 168 combinations
Gold Identification / Month / Year   Best 11 colours = 143 combinations 11 colours = 195 combinations
Silver Identification / Month   Better 12 colours = 168 combinations 12 colours = 224 combinations
Bronze Identification   Good 13 colours = 195 combinations 13 colours = 255 combinations
Reddish Brown Identification     14 colours = 224 combinations 14 colours = 288 combinations
Beige Identification     15 colours = 255 combinations 15 colours = 323 combinations
Pink Identification     16 colours = 288 combinations 16 colours =360 combinations
Pearl Identification     17 colours = 323 combinations 17 colours = 399 combinations
Light Green Identification     18 colours = 360 combinations 18 colours = 440 combinations
Light Blue Identification     19 colours = 399 combinations 19 colours = 483 combinations
Flesh Pink Identification     20 colours = 440 combinations 20 colours = 528 combinations
Cream Identification     21 colours = 483 combinations 21 colours = 575 combinations
Clear Identification     22 colours = 528 combinations 22 colours = 624 combinations



Why use bird leg bands on birds?

Bird leg bands can be used to:
Determine young birds from older breeding birds. Easily keep track by the year of birth.
Note different bloodlines. Related birds can then be kept seperately for breeding.
Identify pairs in a colony. Avoid accidently seperating your pairs or selling your best breeder.
Differentiate between sexes. Useful where male and females look similar.













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