Information about Colour Marking
Japanese Bird Banding Association (JBBA)

Goose species (Anserini)

(Anser albifrons, Anser fabalis serrirostris, A.f. middendorfi, Anser caerulescens, etc)

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a. Name and contact address of the person in charge of colour marking (Date of renewal of the following information)

Masayuki Kurechi (son_goose(at) ) (26 Oct. 2004)
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b. Contact address for a report of observation of coloured-rings

Minoru Arao (tmlarao(at)

Internet Nature Information System, Biodiversity Centre of Ministry of the Environment, Japan 「環境省インターネット自然研究所」
Its section of Anatidae Information in Japan 「全国ガン・カモ類飛来情報」 (only in Japanese language) has an interactive system which allows users to input data of flock size of Anatidae species observed in a site and codes of colour-marked birds in the flock. The system can show information of former observation data of each colour-marked individual.

c. Outline of the marking method (How birds are marked)

Individuals are distinguished with attachment of coloured plastic neck-collars or tarsal bands which are engraved with unique codes in a combination of 2 or 3 alphabets and digits.

d. Outline of the marking birds
Marking in Russia and Japan in 1981-2002 spring (summarised by JAWGP)
Species Marked birds Marked in: Bands Observed in winter in:
Anser albifrons 248 Russia, Japan Neck, Tarsus Japan, Korea, China
A. fabalis 1 354 Russia, Japan Neck Japan, Korea, China
A. caerulescens 131 Russia Tarsus, Neck Japan, Korea, North America
A. erythropus 3 Russia Tarsus unknown
Branta bernicla 163 Russia Tarsus North America
B. hutchinsii leucopareia 77 Russia
(experimental release)
Neck Japan
Organisations relevant to these marking efforts:
  • Bird Migration Research Centre, Yamashina Institute for Ornithology
  • Toyosaka City Government
  • Laboratory of Biodiversity Sciences, Tokyo University
  • Yagiyama Zoological Park of Sendai City (for experimental release of B.h. leucopareia)
  • Japanese Association for Wild Geese Protection, and its Foster A Goose Programme
  • Kamchatka Institute for Ecology, and Kamchatka Association for Goose Research and Conservation
  • Institute of Biological Problems in the North, Magadan
  • Goose Study Group of Eastern Europe and Northern Asia, Moscow
  • Bird Ringing Centre in Moscow
  • WWF Russia
  • Wrangel Island Zapovednik
  • United States Geological Survey
  • United States Fish and Wildlife Service

For further information:
lists codes of neck-collars and tarsal bands used for these markings in 1981-2002 spring in Russia and Japan (in Japanese language).

e. Reference materials and Web address for detailed information