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Banding Hummingbirds
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Eavesdrop on the delicate work of banding hummingbirds.


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2:00 minutes (1.58 MB)
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Dan Harville has banded more than 6,000 hummingbirds! He affixes a tiny aluminum ring bearing a unique number around the lower part of the bird's left leg. That number will provide vital information to any bander who recaptures it. From the work of the banders, we know that a Rufous Hummingbird, like this one, returns to the same site every year, after flying perhaps more than 2,500 miles to Mexico and back. If you see a hummingbird or other bird wearing a band, please report it at ReportBand.gov.

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