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rhencullen
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Question about ring meanings

Post by rhencullen » Wed Apr 09, 2008 7:14 pm

Hi,

I am trying to find some information about parrot leg bands - mainly what the information on a leg band actually means.

I have recently purchased an African Grey from a local specialist petstore, and would like to understand what the markings on the birds leg-band might mean.

Is there any specific format for the band markings, or do breeders all use their own formats ?

The bird (whom we have named Coco) has a blue band on its left foot, which seems to start with a '1' that occupies the full ring height, followed by two small letters ('PS') above 'UK', then three letters (full band height) followed by '08' and finally a single letter (V), both full band height.

We were told when we first saw Coco that s/he was 12 to 13 weeks old, so we believe that the first '1' number may be the week of the hatching year (first week of 2008 perhaps?).

The 'UK' we presume identifies it as being bred in the UK, but we don't know what the two characters above the UK means. Could it indicate that the breeder is a member of the Parrot Society (PSUK) ?

The three individual letters we believe are probably the breeder's initials, and '08' we believe to be the birth year. The final letter we don't know.

I'd be interested if anyone could throw any light on what the various elements mean, particularly the last letter, or what the two letters above the 'UK' might be - could they form some identification as to the location Coco was bred such as a town or city identifier, or a club ID maybe?)

I would be most grateful for any information that you can tell me about ring markings ?

Thanks - Paul

Caelus
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Re: Question about ring meanings

Post by Caelus » Wed Apr 09, 2008 9:51 pm

The lone letter V is the ring size, see: http://www.theparrotsocietyuk.org/index.php/Rings/69

The number is the birds identification number given to it by the breeder - if your bird is about 12 weeks old then it is fairly likely that its the first bird of this year for that breeder, hence the 1. The group of letters represent who that breeder is, probably initials although I think sometimes this can be the aviary's initials rather than breeders name if its a large operation. 08 is indeed the year, which is also indicated by the colour of the band (blue in this case I believe).
I *think* PS/UK is for the parrot society (certainly the abbreviation PSUK is used by the society and its members), but I'm not certain - the rings I ordered don't have that, even though I am a member...

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Re: Question about ring meanings

Post by rhencullen » Thu Apr 10, 2008 8:20 am

Hi Caelus, many thanks for the reply.

After thinking about things last night I'd drawn the (possibly wrong) conclusion that the PSUK might indicate that the breeder is a member of the society, which just left the V tha I was unable to draw any wild assumptions about, so the information that the V is the ring size is great, and something that I'd not considered.

I'm hoping to contact the breeder at some stage to find out if they know when the actual hatch date was - only out of interest in knowing as much as possible about our new family member really.

I'm presuming that the breeder won't know the bird's sex, and we've not had it DNA sexed yet, but again it might be something I could ask if I'm ever able to contact the breeder.

Cheers & thanks again - Paul

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Re: Question about ring meanings

Post by Bouvier » Thu Apr 10, 2008 11:51 am

Hi Paul,
Caelus is correct in his assumption that the PSUK is for the society. You have to request this when buying them via the makers who are advertised in the society magazine. The manufacturers request your PS membership number and are able to check, therefore it is correct that the breeder is a member of the society.
Bouvier

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Re: Question about ring meanings

Post by Caelus » Sun Apr 13, 2008 1:26 pm

Ah, I was in such a rush getting my rings that I probably neglected to be that explicit when I ordered! Whoops! ;)

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Re: Question about ring meanings

Post by Cliff Wright » Sun Apr 13, 2008 3:10 pm

Also when ordering rings from the Parrot Society ring supplier if you give your membership number and inform them that you are a member you are entitled to a discount on your order!

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Re: Question about ring meanings

Post by rhencullen » Thu Apr 17, 2008 9:20 pm

Many thanks for all the information.

After reading through, and having had a discussion with Les, I made contact with Avian Biotech, who recognised the ring details and graciously agreed to pass my phone number onto the breeder, whom I believe is in Lincolnshire somewhere.

As yet they've not made contact, but I'm really hoping that they do, because I'd really like to have the opportunity to thank them for doing such a great job of hand rearing, and to ask a couple of simple questions about what foods they'd recommend, and if possible, exactly when our latest addition was hatched, along with whether they'd have any idea if it's male or female.

Not that the bird's sex really matters, but when we're training I'd like to be able to use "good boy/girl" as part of the reinforcement, and know that I've got the right one :-)

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Re: Question about ring meanings

Post by lindalee333 » Sat Feb 25, 2017 3:41 pm

Hi, I'm in California USA with a happy flock of 9 rescued parrots. And I have a friend in Egypt who recently acquired an African Grey with a band imprinted with zoa-12 654. I've searched the web to no effect to find any breeder info. He was told the bird came from Europe. Any ideas? Thanks!

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