What do I do with the bird? 

If you found the bird alive and healthy, release the bird with its band (a band or ring should never be removed from a healthy bird).

If you found the bird dead and it is not a waterfowl (for example, duck, geese, swan), it could be of scientific use to Te Papa. Please place the dead bird in a sealed plastic bag and freeze it, noting the band number and details of the bird. Then check with the Museum’s Bird Collection Manager to see if Te Papa would like it:

Bird Collection Manager
Phone: ++64 (4) 381 7304
Email: gillians@tepapa.govt.nz

Courier address:
Bird Collection Manager
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
169 Tory Street
Wellington 6001
New Zealand