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If you have a bird with an open wire ring import band, you should be able to trace the band by calling the USDA.  You may surprised at the information you receive.  A friend found that her blue crown conure had been imported 13 years earlier - from Japan!  In other circumstances the USDA information may give you not only the approximate age of your bird, but the country of origin.  This could be useful in identifying subspecies.
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If your bird has a domestic closed metal U.S. band it may identify the domestic aviary and the state where the aviary is located, supposedly the owners of the parent birds, as well as the year of hatch.  This information is not always totally accurate as aviaries sometimes use leftover prestamped bands from a previous year.  The band could also have affiliations on it as below.

If your bird has a domestic closed band marked AFA, the band comes from the American Federation of Aviculture of which the breeder should have been a member at the time the bird was banded.   Contact the AFA with the AFA band number you want to trace.  You provide them your phone number or address.  They will then contact the person with the registered band number.  It is up to the person with the band to contact you.
If your bird has a domestic closed metal band marked SPBE, the band comes from the Society of Parrot Breeders and Exhibitors of which the breeder should have been a member at the time the bird was banded.  
If your small bird has a plastic band, try checking the various species specific organizations (see Specialty Organizations)
If you have received microchip information when you purchased your bird, you will want to contact the organization (such as the American Kennel Club) to see if the registration was completed by listing the bird.