Banded Little Tern

Subject: Banded Little Tern
Date: Tue, 12 Oct 2004 11:28:36 +1000

One of the Little Terns had a silver/metal band on it's Lower Right Leg.
Don't know who I shd report this to – or if it's worth reporting? It was
an adult in breeding plumage (most of the others were non-breeding, but
not immature.)
Please forward if you know who or where and let me know for the future

Reports of banded birds should go to the Australian Bird Banding Scheme - PO Box 8, Canberra 2602 or e-mail

There is little value in reporting this particular sighting as it provides no information about the origin of the band or bird.  The metal band would have a number which gives the identity of the bird - without the number we have no identity.  Had the bird being wearing colour-bands (or flags) the identity of the bird can be deduced from a unique combination or, at the very least, the location of banding.


David Geering
Regent Honeyeater Recovery Coordinator
Department of Environment & Conservation
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Dubbo  NSW  2830
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