Routine procedure by licensed and permitted banders to place authorized US Fish & Wildlife Service aluminum or plastic bands on the legs of birds' feet. Records are kept of these banded birds so that when the bird is captured, found injured or dead, it can be identified as to where it came from, who banded, etc Bird banding is a universal and indispensable technique for studying the movement, survival and behavior of birds. The North American Bird Banding Program is jointly administered by the United States Department of the Interior and the Canadian Wildlife Service. Their respective banding offices have similar functions and policies and use the same bands, reporting forms and data formats. Joint coordination of the program dates back to 1923. The following links are to The Patuxent Bird Banding Lab, Laurel, MD: All About Bird Bands How to Report a Bird Band Why Band Birds Who Bands Birds? How Many Birds are Banded? All About Bird Markers Brief History of Bird Banding Resources for Banders Longevity Records by Species Number
The placement of a numbered metal band on the leg (or less commonly) wing of a bird in an effort to individualize the bird and thereby discover certain facts of its life history. To legally band Purple Martins (or any species of native wild bird) a person must have both state and federal bird banding permits.
A research activity in which birds are captured, examined, measured, and banded by having a metal band placed around their leg. Each band has a unique number, so if the bird is ever recaptured or recovered, data can be shared with the original banding station.