• Bird Banding

    3 years ago - By Ornithology

    Birds have been banded since ancient times. In one recorded instance a besieged Roman garrison was sent a swallow with three threads around its toes, indicating that help would arrive in three days. By the late 16th century many species of birds were being tagged in some way. Some Chinese put silver tablets on their falcons, inscribed with the owner's name. The first record of a metal bird band recovery was about 1595 when one of Henry IV's falcons got lost in France and ended up in Malta, 1300 miles away.
    In other parts of the world they call in ringing, but in the U.S. we call it...
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