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Bird Alpha Banding Codes

Birds of North America

Alpha codes translated into individual bird species of North America




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Bird Alpha Banding Codes

Bird Alpha Banding Codes is a method that was designed by birding organizations. This unique design allows bird banding groups to place four letters on leg bands, that will identify any bird species in the world, including bird sub-species. The choice of these four letters is most often based on the number of words in the bird species name.

When identifying a certain bird species with only two names, the first two letters of each word will decide the alpha code. When there are three words in the bird species name, the first letters to the first and second words, along with the first two letters of the third word will determine the alpha code. When there is only one word in the bird species name, the first four letters will determine the alpha code.

One of the features to help users is a query box located at the top of the database, where an alpha code can be entered, which will in turn give the bird species name, providing the bird species is in the database.


Classic Collection of North American Birds

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