Reporting Bands

Banded birds may be encountered through photography or by finding a dead bird with a band on its leg.

You can report a bird band using any of the following methods:

  • Online at
  • By phone (toll free): 1-800-327-BAND (1-800-327-2263)
  • By mail:
    Bird Banding Laboratory
    12100 Beech Forest Road
    Laurel, MD 20708

This information is used to document movements, longevity, and sources of mortality for North America’s migratory birds, and it contributes to monitoring populations, restoring endangered species, studying the effects of environmental contaminants, etc.