Colour Marking Protocol for Migratory Shorebirds
Shorebird Network – Colour Marking Protocol for Migratory Shorebirds in The East Asian-Australasian Flyway
The program of flagging waders has revolutionised wader migration studies. The flag is a small coloured plastic band with a tab on the end. Unlike with metal ringing or banding, the bird does not have to be caught to find out in which region it has been marked. A flagging protocol has been developed for the Flyway, which enables any country, or in some cases regions within a country, to join the scheme.