I FOUND A PIGEON, NOW WHAT?
Does the pigeon have a band on the leg??
IF SO, WHAT ARE THE LETTERS BEFORE THE YEAR ON THE PIGEON BAND?
Also, here is the contact information for various organizations that provide pigeon leg bands
NPA = NATIONAL PIGEON ASSOCIATION. Contact NPA Secretary at email@example.com
IF = INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION ORG.www.ifpigeon.com
AU = AMERICAN RACING PIGEON UNION ORGANIZATION www.pigeon.org
CU = CANADIAN PIGEON UNION www.canadianracingpigeonunion.com
IPB = INDEPENDENT PIGEON BREEDERS www.foyspigeonsupplies.com
NBRC = NATIONAL BIRMINGHAM ROLLER CLUB www.nbrconline.com
Understanding how to read a pigeon band
The American Racing Pigeon Union registered bands have a specific format.
Once you understand how to read the band number, you will find it easy to locate the club that issued the band on our Band List page. Make sure to visit our page on How to Care for a Lost Pigeon.
Band numbers are in a series of letters & numbers as shown below.
EXAMPLE= the band may read-->AU 99 ABC 1234
(1) - AU - is the national organization that has registered the bird, in this case the
American Racing Pigeon Union, Inc. The band can also have IF, CU, ATB, NBRC, or IPB in this position.
(2) - 99 - is the year the bird was hatched and banded/registered.
(3) - ABC - is a letters representing the pigeon club the band is registered to
(no two clubs have the same registration letters - and they have one, two or three letters).
(4) - 1234 - A one-up number unique to each pigeon based on the club letters. Now that you understand
how to read the band, you can go back to our band list to find the club that the bird you found belongs to.
NOTE: (PERSONALIZED BANDS) Sometimes the band may just have the owners name, phone and/or address on it that you may call or write them.
To help make finding the owner of a lost pigeon easier please use the following example.
Example Band Code: AU 2003 AVI 3234534
American Racing Pigeon Union
If the band has different letters than AU, it may be another organization.
If the band has the letters CU. you can find their band list at http://www.canadianracingpigeonunion.com/
If the band has the letters IF. you can find their band list at http://www.ifpigeon.com/
If the band has the letters NPA. you can contact them at http://www.npausa.com/
If the band has the letters IPB. you can contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org , or their store at 877-355-7727
NBRC - www.nbrconline.com
If the band has the letters ADA, please contact the American Dove Association (ADA secretary, Denny Stapp) email@example.com
If the band does not have an AU , or one of the above mentioned organization letters on it, send us an email .We will do our best to help you find the owner of the bird. If the bird has no band at all, It is a wild pigeon..... Contact your Local Human Society.
Thank you for taking the time to care for lost pigeons.