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Pet Finch Leg Rings

A reputable shop or breeder will have fitted their birds with plastic or aluminum ID leg rings or bands. These leg bands are usually fitted on around the bird's second week of life. If you look closely at it, you will see that each ring has a set of letters and numbers which identify the issuing organisation and the breeder, plus a unique code for each bird which includes its year of birth. Bands have different colors depending on which country the breeder comes from.


Lavender waxbill with leg ring
The leg ring on this Lavender waxbill records information about its origins

Rings are a legal requirement in some countries. In other countries, such as The UK, leg rings are not a legal requirement but it is still standard practice to fit them. Many breeders will choose to fit blank, colored plastic tags on the bird. These tags are used to help breeders track the family lineages in their aviaries.

Leg rings should only ever be fit by breeders who know exactly what they’re doing. When choosing a bird, be sure to check if their leg ring is sufficiently loose, it should be able to rotate around the bird's leg with ease.

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Victoria, 25 November 2018

Does the color of the leg band tell you the age of the bird too. What does pink color suggest?