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Bald Eagles & Color Bands

Bald Eagles & Color Bands

Bald Eagle

MA: Were Gold & now they’re Burnt Orange
NH: Black
ME: Red
NY: Blue
Bald Eagle by Phil Brown

Black has also been used in CT, RI, VT.

Most MA gold-banded eagles now 10 years old or more, but there are some still out there.
MA uses 2 colors is that they ran out of alphanumeric combos for gold bands.

For same reason as above, NY also uses bi-colored band with red over black.

Color bands general placed on the left leg, except ME which places red band on right;
in all cases there should be a silver federal band on the other leg.