Colour-banded birds at Gluepot

Subject: Colour-banded birds at Gluepot
Date: Tue, 17 Dec 2002 09:25:19 +1100
Alex Farias wrote "2 Southern Scrub Robins (one almost stepped on my toe). Both 
birds had rings on both legs, the 
rings were white purple and blue, (I'm wondering what the purple and blue 
stand for, maybe female and male)."

I hope Alex reported this sighting to the ranger at Gluepot.  There is 
obviously research being carried out on mallee birds at Gluepot and it is 
important that this data be collated.

One thing anyone seeing colour banded bird ANYWHERE should be aware of is 
the importance of correctly recording the band sequence.  This is critical 
if the bird is to be individually identified - the bands as reported by 
Alex indicate that these birds can be individually identified.  The 
correct procedure is to note which bands are on which leg and which is 
above the other eg.  White on RIGHT leg, blue over purple on LEFT leg.  I 
doubt very much whether the actual colours denote sex of the bird although 
this may be determined from identifying the individual bird - the sex 
being determined from measurements taken at the time of banding (if the 
species is sexually dimorphic) or by observation in the field later.

If you see a banded bird and do not know who is conducting the research 
then it should be reported to the Australian Bird & Bat Banding Scheme - 
PO Box 8, Canberra, ACT, 2601 or e-mail 


David Geering
Regent Honeyeater Recovery Coordinator
NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service
P.O. Box 2111
Dubbo  NSW  2830
Ph: 02 6883 5335 or Freecall 1800 621 056
Fax: 02 6884 9382

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