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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
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
(2) - 99 - is the year the bird was hatched and
(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
To help make finding the owner of a lost pigeon easier, please enter only the letters that follow the year on the band.
Then scroll down the list until you find the club letters you entered. In the example below, the letters to enter are
Example Band Code: AU
American Racing Pigeon Union
2003 = Year The
Bird Was Banded
AVI = Club Code
3234534 = Individual Bird
|In the example to the left, you will see;
AU (our organization) and the year the bird was born and banded (2002).
Also note, the "Club Code" is AVI and the number that follows is the bird's id number.
To search for a band, enter just the "Club Code" in the search box below and scroll down to find the club lettering (Club Code).
Contact information for that club secretary will be listed.
If the band has different letters than AU, it may be another
If the band has the letters CU. you can find their band list
If the band has the letters IF. you can find their band list
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) at email@example.com
Parrot Alert www.parrotalert.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
Thank you for taking the time to care for lost pigeons.