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Felicity wrote at 2007-07-09 19:24:01
Hi Amye,

I just recently purchased a Petsmart 'Tiel as well.  When I took him to the vet for his new-bird check-up, she told me that "BCCA" is Petsmart's proprietary band (and that they have big volume contracts with just a few large breeders for all the birds they sell throughout their chain -- a controversial practice).  My boy's band is an '07 -- the top of the seven is oriented to the right after the BCCA -- and I'm betting yours is an '06 (90 upside down?).  The four digit number is most likely the serial number of the band, as in "1764th bird banded for Petsmart" -- mine's 1906.

Best to you and your birdie!


Chrys Meatyard wrote at 2007-07-11 15:35:45
In some areas, PetSmart buys birds from local breeders.  Therefore, a BCCA leg band COULD be from a breeder using those same initials.  These letters on leg bands are not "controlled" by any central agency or anything.  Any one can order bird leg bands with BCCA inscribed on them.

Felicity wrote at 2013-05-20 02:15:19
Addendum to this old thread: My Cockatiel, banded BCCA 07 1906, escaped on 5/15/13, in Buckingham VA. I'll be watching this answer thread for any updates, so if by some miracle, someone should find my bird, search for her band number and find this, please "add to answer." Thank you!



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I`ve been raising/breeding/handfeeding/selling parrots for over 20 years (parakeets/budgies, cockatiels, 6 subspecies of conures, parrotlets, amazons, lovebirds, etc.). I've been published in "Budgies" and "Cockatiels" offered by Bow Tie Productions, and have written avian articles for publication in England. I can provide advice in raising healthy birds, handfeeding/weaning babies, some health problems, nail/beak/wing clipping, general husbandry, etc. I also have experience with racing/showing homing pigeons. I cannot diagnose specific illness over this website. If you suspect your bird is ill or if you have an emergency, contact a certified avian veterinarian or emergency pet clinic ASAP.


Experience: Over 20 years raising parrots and over 13 years raising pigeons. Organizations: Currently, American Racing Pigeon Union. Prior member Miami Valley Bird Club, Southern Ohio Pigeon Association, National Cockatiel Society, Miami Valley Sportsman's Club, others. Publications: Monthly newsletters of bird clubs.

American Federation of Aviculture, completed Level I course, Fundamentals of Aviculture. Keeping/breeding parrots and other birds for over 20 years.

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