Eagle Band Colors

Atlantic Flyway Bald Eagle Band Contacts by Band Color

Welcome eagle enthusiasts! If you’ve spotted a Bald Eagle banded with a colored leg band, this is the website for you! Note these band colors only apply to eagles seen in the Eastern part of North America (east of the Appalachian Mountains).

You can check the table of color bands below to find the contact information for the corresponding eagle bander (some states have more than one bander so please contact both). This list is only for eagles banded east of the Appalachian Mountains and in Eastern Canada. These eagle banders rely on YOU, the bird-watching public, to spot and report sightings of banded eagles. These sightings are used in eagle research to track eagle movements, monitor survival rates, and causes of mortality.

In your email to the bander(s), provide your contact information, exact location of the eagle, band color, band code, and if possible, include a photo of the eagle. If a code was visible on the band, please report the code and color of the band to the USGS Bird Banding Lab at reportband.gov.

Band Color State/Province Bander/e-mail Band Info
BLACK NH Christian Martin (NH Audubon)
BLACK ON Debbie Badzinski (Bird Studies Canada) 2-3 characters, #s & letters, vertical, repeated 3x around band
BLUE NY Glenn Hewitt (NYSDEC) 2-3 characters, #s & letters, vertical, repeated 3x around band
BLUE FL Brian Millsap (USFWS-NM) 3 characters, beginning with C or H followed by a 2 digit number
GOLD MA Tom French & Ralph Taylor (MassWildlife) Used from 1989-1998 – The first character was always “W” followed by a letter and number, vertical, repeated 3x around band
GREEN NJ Kathy Clark (NJDEP) 2 characters, #s & letters, vertical, repeated 3x around band
GREEN/BLACK FL Brian Mealey, (Institute of Wildlife Sciences) Green over Black, 2 characters, #s & letters, vertical, repeated 3x around band
ORANGE QU Charles Maisonneuve, (Quebec MNRF)
ORANGE MA Tom French & Ralph Taylor (MassWildlife) 2 characters, #s & letters, vertical, repeated 3x around band
PURPLE VA Libby Mojica & Bryan Watts (CCB) 2 characters, #s & letters, vertical, repeated 3x around band
PURPLE MD Libby Mojica & Bryan Watts (CCB) 2 characters, #s & letters, vertical, repeated 3x around band
RED ME Charlie Todd(MDIFW); Chris DeSorbo (BRI) Horizontal and vertical characters repeated 3x around band
RED/BLACK NY Glenn Hewitt (NYSDEC) Red “A” over black 2 digit number

Note: purple bands seen in mid-western states should contact Dan Mulhern and Michael Watkins