Post by DJ in Fairfax on Apr 5, 2015 6:52:01 GMT -5
Hi, we found a green Quaker parrot last night in Fairfax. He is an extremely sweet bird, likes to sit on shoulders, appears to like men more than women. He's not in the best of shape--missing some feathers--although his mood hasn't suffered. He is banded...but so far, I haven't been able to find any information on how to track his owner. Can someone advise how I can find the owner using the leg band? Want to make sure we get him back to the right person. Thanks!
The bad news is that the band probably doesn't include any information beyond the breeder. Is it close banded? If it is an open band, the bird was most likely imported, but that is not the norm. For US bred birds, the first few characters are the breeder's id, followed by the bird's id #, followed by the year of hatching. You may or may not be able to look up the breeder using that code. Not every breeder is available in an online registry. If you'll put the breeder's code up here, I will see if I can help on the research. If the bird has not changed hands, the breeder should be able to help. If not, I would start with local avian vets. They may have the band information recorded for their patients.
Fairfax as in Fairfax, VA? If so, that is basically where I live. There are a number of avian vets and specialty parrot stores in the area that might be a good place to start. I can provide some names if we are talking about the same location.