Black-capped Vireo Nestlings

Friday, July 13, 2012 2:23 PM | Anonymous member

I took some pictures of Texas A&M graduate student Michaela Murphy banding black-capped vireo nestlings today. Below are pictures showing the assortment of color bands they use to uniquely identify birds, the applicators used to hold open the plastic bands while applying them, and a 7- to 8-day-old chick showing the bands on one leg. In the second picture you can also see a red aluminum band that is a USGS band with a unique ID; they use red aluminum in addition to silver aluminum to increase the number of potential color combinations. You can also watch a short video of nestlings on the refuge made by Texas Parks and Wildlife Television Productions by clicking here.

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