How many birds are banded?

As of July 04, 2022 and since 1960*, the BBL has received over 64 million banding records. Since the inception of the North American Bird Banding Program, the BBL has received over 4 million encounter records. On average, over the past decade, the BBL received 1.2 million banding and 87,000 encounter records per year.

Total numbers by species groups:

Bird Group # of bandings # of encounters
Loons and Grebes 35,658 2,055
Alcids 308,567 6,767
Gulls/Terns/Albatross/other Seabirds 8,280,348 941,520
Ducks 14,459,567 2,306,118
Geese 6,199,107 1,745,542
Swans 37,444 23,624
Herons/Ibis/Rails/other Marsh Birds 490,861 18,368
Shorebirds 1,039,235 24,659
Doves and Pigeons 3,078,343 171,796
Raptors (including Owls) 2,539,543 100,469
Near Passerines and Passerines 40,969,337 609,564

*Banding data from 1914 to 1959 are not available in electronic format.

Where are the grouse, quail, turkey, pheasant? These birds are no longer banded with federal bands. Each state or province uses their own bands on these birds, as they are not covered by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Retrieve summaries of banding and encounter data