Where have banded birds been recovered from? 

A large number of banded New Zealand birds are migratory and have been found around New Zealand, Australia, North and South America, South Africa, and even Russia.

Each band returned adds another item of information and may even mean an entirely new discovery. Recovery means the distance between the banding site and recovery site can be calculated, as can the time elapsed since banding, and other relevant information.

The New Zealand National Banding scheme works with international banding organisations to track the movement of migrating birds throughout the world. The New Zealand scheme keeps data on birds banded overseas but recovered in New Zealand, and vice versa.

For more information on international banding or ringing schemes, click below.



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