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A technique to produce aluminum color bands for avian research

January 1, 2005

We developed a technique to produce metal (aluminum) color bands, in response to concerns about leg injuries caused by celluloid-plastic color bands applied to Willow Flycatchers (Empidonax traillii). The technique involves color-anodized aluminum bands (unnumbered blanks and federal numbered bands), with auto pin-striping tape and flexible epoxy sealant, to create a variety of solid, half- and triple-split colors. This allows for hundreds of unique, high-contrast color combinations. During six consecutive years of application, these colored metal bands have resisted color fade compared to conventional celluloid-plastic bands, and have reduced leg injuries in the flycatcher. Although not necessarily warranted for all color-banding studies, these metal bands may provide a lower-impact option for studies of species known to be impacted by plastic color bands.

Publication Year 2005
Title A technique to produce aluminum color bands for avian research
DOI 10.1648/0273-8570-76.1.94
Authors T. J. Koronkiewicz, E. H. Paxton, M. K. Sogge
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Journal of Field Ornithology
Index ID 70027749
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse