Why use a Year Band?
The bird breeder benefits as they
can easily determine younger from older birds. The bird
buyer benefits as they know the age of the birds that
they are purchasing.
These Year Band colours are based
on what some bird organisations are already using around
The International Ornithological
Association (I.O.A.), World Budgerigar Organisation
(W.B.O.) & Confederation Ornithologique Mondiale
(C.O.M.) use a six year rotation. Year 2013 Black, Year
2014 Green, Year 2015 Violet, Year 2016 Orange, Year 2017
Blue, Year 2018 Red.
Some bird clubs in Australia, use
this six year rotation. Year 2013 Green, Year 2014 Black,
Year 2015 Red, Year 2016 Blue, Year 2017 Purple, Year
NPA National Pigeon Association USA
use a six year rotation. Year 2013 Green, Year 2014 Grey,
Year 2015 White, Year 2016 Black, Year 2017 Yellow, Year
Other individual clubs use
different sets of colours for the same purpose.
It doesn't really matter what colours are used as the
year is also printed on the bands, but it is good to have
a consistent system with different colours for each year.