Recommended band sizes for birds

Species table and recommended band sizes

Banders are responsible for ensuring that individual birds are banded with the most appropriate band size and type.

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The Banding Program provides a list of recommended band sizes here:
Species Table and Recommended Band Sizes

Common Murre
Photo: G. Chapdelaine © CWS, 2015.
Common Murre

Band size specifications

The internal diameter and height dimensions of the recommended band sizes can be found on the USGS Bird Banding Laboratory website using the following link: band size specifications. For some species, the Bird Banding Office may provide specialty bands that are not listed in the recommended band sizes. Please contact the Office directly for more information.

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