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British Bird Council

CLOSED RINGS

All Captive Bred British Birds Must be closed rung to be able to sell or show them.

Rings can be purchased from a DEFRA authorised supplier of rings such as the British Bird Council.

 

Rings are simple to fit when chicks are in the nest by following the steps below to fit the correct sized ring:

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CLOSED RING CHART


THE BBC HAS MADE EVERY EFFORT TO ENSURE  THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS CORRECT.


THE RING SIZES LISTED FOR NON-SCHEDULE BIRDS ARE FOR GUIDANCE ONLY.


IT REMAINS  THE BREEDER'S RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE SURE THAT BIRDS IN HIS POSSESSION ARE  LEGALLY RINGED


BULLFINCH & GOLDFINCH RING SIZES:


PLEASE NOTE IN THE INTEREST OF THE WELFARE OF THE BIRDS LARGER RINGS ARE NOW ADVOCATED FOR THE LARGER RACES OF NORTHERN/SIBERIAN BIRDS;

SIZE D (2.85mm) FOR NORTHERN/SIBERIAN GOLDFINCH Carduelis carduelis major

SIZE E (3.10mm) FOR THE NORTHERN/SIBERIAN BULLFINCH Pyrrhula pyrrhula pyrrhula.

 

IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE IN REGARDS TO SALE AND EXHIBITION, A BIRD IS NOT LAWFULLY CAPTIVE BRED IF THE CLOSED RING CAN BE REMOVED FROM THE LEG OF A FULLY GROWN ADULT BIRD. THESE LARGER RINGS ARE SPECIFIC TO THE LARGER RACES OF GOLDFINCH AND BULLFINCH, USING THEM ON SMALLER OR MIXED RACE BIRDS COULD LEAVE YOU OPEN TO PROSECUTION


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ADVICE ON CANARY RINGS

 

In response to a number of enquiries as to which size of closed ring to use on canaries

we give the following advice:

 

If you wish to ring your canaries with BBC (brown or C.O.M. ID colour coded) closed rings the following sizes will be found suitable for the various breeds.

SIZE

D

E

G

J

BREED

Miniatures, Gibber, Raza, Hoso

Belgium, Fife, Fiorino, Gloster, Giboso, Irish, Scots Fancy, Rheinlander

Dutch Frills, Lizard, Newcolour, Redfactor, Roller, Stafford

Border, Crest, Lancashire, Norwich, Padovan, Parisian Frill

However, if you are considering exhibiting, consult the specialist breed organisation of your chosen canary variety, as most will have specific regulations for exhibitors of the breed in regard to rings.

UNUSED CLOSED RINGS


Please do not return unused rings to the office.

Rings not required for future use should be decommissioned or destroyed by crushing or incineration.

British Bird Council @ 2017