Albatross chick Toroa with coloured bands
We need you to record the band colours of any royal albatross you see. Sightings of breeding birds helps us keep track of the chicks well-being as it takes two parents to raise a chick.
Any sightings will help – whether they are on the ground or flying low with the bands visible.
About the bands
Northern royal albatross banded at Taiaroa Head have a stainless steel band on the right leg and 1–3 coloured bands on the left leg.
There are exceptions to this, eg the opposite is the case for birds that are from the Chatham Islands.
The colours we use are: black, blue, green, lime, yellow, orange, red and white.
We read the colour bands from the top down, eg green on top and orange below would read as GO. For more examples meet the Royal Family.
Except for black, record the colour by its first letter, eg red = R. Black should be recorded as K to avoid confusion with blue.
Record and send your sightings