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A colored leg banding technique for Amazona parrots

Journal of Field Ornithology

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Abstract

A technique for individual identification of Amazona was developed using plastic leg bands. Bands were made from 5- and 7-mm-wide strips of laminated PVC coiled 2.5 times with an inside diameter 4-5 mm gt the maximum diameter of the parrot's leg. Seventeen parrots were captured in Puerto Rico, marked with individual plastic leg bands, and observed for 204-658 d with only one lost or damaged plastic band. Plastic leg bands did not cause injury to or calluses on parrots' legs. The plastic material used for making leg bands was available in 18 colors in 1994, which would allow unique marking of 306 individuals using one plastic leg band on each leg.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
A colored leg banding technique for Amazona parrots
Series title:
Journal of Field Ornithology
Volume
66
Issue:
4
Year Published:
1995
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description:
582-589
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Journal of Field Ornithology
First page:
582
Last page:
589