how to remove bird band

Tools for Removal of Leg Bands

In an emergency, cutters are used to cut through wire or toys to release parrots that have been inadvertently caught. Smaller species’ bands are removed using steel ring cutters. i. e. budgies, canaries, finches, lovebirds and parrotlets.

how to remove bird band

Open band pliers are needed to close “open” bands securely. You should be able to get assistance with this process from your avian veterinarian clinic or breeder. To complete this operation, technical skills are needed and the tools are expensive to buy.

Bird Vet Melbourne

At our Melbourne bird vet, we frequently see leg bands that become too tight and restrict blood flow.

A painful and swollen bird’s foot results from the leg band further restricting the flow of venous blood.

The bird’s foot beneath the leg band swells to such an extent that the wretched patient eventually loses its leg.

If detected in time, treating a parrot with a tight leg band is simple.

We remove the bird’s tight leg bands while it is under general anesthesia because its bones are fragile and thin.

Since many bands are made of stainless steel, they are very tough to cut.

With the aid of a dremmel and an extremely fine diamond bur, the band is split in two and practically disappears.

The process takes roughly ten minutes and is completed during the veterinarian visit.

The patient recovers quickly, and the pain and swelling go away right away.

Dr. Phil, a bird veterinarian, is taking off a Quaker parrot’s tight leg band.

Another real case of an over tight bird leg-ring

In case of an emergency, such as a leg fracture, the removal of the leg band could be necessary. Here are a list of tools that should be part of any avian first aid arsenal.

how to remove bird band

Steel Open Bands: are typically used to identify larger psittacines after sexing, importation, and quarantine.

Aluminum Closed Bands: are placed on captive bred babies.


What tool do you use to remove a bird leg band?

Tools for Removal of Leg Bands Cutters are used to remove parrot leg bands in case of emergency and cutting wire or toy to free the bird if accidentally caught. Steel ring cutters are used to remove bands from smaller species .

How do you remove a pigeon band?

Removing Bands “Closed” bands, slipped on to the feet of pigeons used in sports like racing, rolling, etc. are slipped on over the bird’s foot when just a baby and once grown, can only be removed by cutting them off. Closed bands can be carefully cut through with heavy duty cuticle nippers.

What does a band on a bird’s leg mean?

Leg bands are often applied by the breeder to help identify and keep track of their birds. In small birds, such as parakeets, canaries, and finches, the bands may be composed of either aluminum or plastic. In medium and large pet birds, the bands are composed of aluminum or steel.