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The programme focuses on the study of the biology, dynamics and migratory behavior of the White Stork (Ciconia ciconia). This species had almost disappeared in the 1970's, its population having been restricted to only 11 pairs in the east of France. Since then, thanks to conservation programmes, protection laws, the prohibition of hunting of this species, and better climatic conditions for wintering birds in Africa, etc ... the French population has been revitalized, bringing new hope for the species. Today, around 4,500 pairs breed across the country and, every year, 2 large migratory movements can be noted.

In recent years, the White Stork has been able to adapt both to climatic threats, but also to human activities, present in both its breeding areas and in wintering grounds. This large migratory species, originally moving to sub-Saharan areas, now tends to spend time on African soil and is wintering more and more in local wetlands and also on the open dumps in France, Spain and Portugal.

While the ringing procedure of these birds can offer a certain level of data it is, of course, the subsequent controls or ring-reading that provides the most useful information. Thus, much scientific knowledge has been acquired through observers noting the individual ring codes: departure and arrival dates on migration, new wintering areas, proximity to the birth site of an individual, survival rate of ringed individuals, etc. ...

This online database was therefore created to allow you to send us your ring-reading codes of any White Stork you may see. Your participation will allow us to write the life-story of each ringed bird. You can also, thanks to the DARVIC ring codes, consult the history of the observed individual.

The last 20 sightings
If you manage to read the code on a ring that is different to, or not listed on this website, please contact the following:
- Ring-reading of a single metal ring (ie: no colour-ring): contact us at info@acrola.fr
- A foreign ring: contact the French Ringing Centre (www.crbpo@mnhn.fr) or send the details via the CR Birding website (www.cr-birding.org)
- If you notice an error or omission on this website: please contact us at info@acrola.fr
 V Action DateCenterColour-ringCountryDepartmentNearest townArea/SiteObserversRinger  
C  18/10/2021 FRP    FBUY   FR 85 GRAND'LANDES CSDU La Vergne JAMIN, Antoine
C  18/10/2021 FRP    FAWY   FR 85 GRAND'LANDES CSDU La Vergne JAMIN, Antoine
C  18/10/2021 FRP    BLTN   FR 85 GRAND'LANDES CSDU La Vergne JAMIN, Antoine
C  18/10/2021 FRP    AILP   FR 85 GRAND'LANDES CSDU La Vergne JAMIN, Antoine
C  18/10/2021 FRP    BPVR   FR 85 GRAND'LANDES CSDU La Vergne JAMIN, Antoine
C  18/10/2021 FRP    AMZI   FR 85 GRAND'LANDES CSDU La Vergne JAMIN, Antoine
C  18/10/2021 FRP    BMID   FR 85 GRAND'LANDES CSDU La Vergne JAMIN, Antoine
C  18/10/2021 FRP    ADXA   FR 85 GRAND'LANDES CSDU La Vergne JAMIN, Antoine
C  18/10/2021 FRP    BVAN   FR 85 GRAND'LANDES CSDU La Vergne JAMIN, Antoine
C  18/10/2021 FRP    BMME   FR 85 GRAND'LANDES CSDU La Vergne JAMIN, Antoine
C  18/10/2021 FRP    BIBV   FR 85 GRAND'LANDES CSDU La Vergne JAMIN, Antoine
C  18/10/2021 FRP    AMZV   FR 85 GRAND'LANDES CSDU La Vergne JAMIN, Antoine
C  18/10/2021 FRP    BVAE   FR 85 GRAND'LANDES CSDU La Vergne JAMIN, Antoine
C  17/10/2021 FRP    AWVA   ES Navarra ARGUEDAS Arrozales de Arguedas Aitor Rincón García
C  16/10/2021 FRP    AUAT   FR Aube FRESNOY-LE-CHÂTEAU Rue Saint-Georges PARIS Serge
C  16/10/2021 FRP    APWM   FR Aube FRESNOY-LE-CHÂTEAU PARIS Serge
C  15/10/2021 FRP    AAWY   ES Álava VITORIA-GASTEIZ Oficina Anillamiento Aranzadi
C  15/10/2021 FRP    AFHL   ES Álava VITORIA-GASTEIZ Oficina Anillamiento Aranzadi
C  15/10/2021 FRP    BIHZ   ES Álava VITORIA-GASTEIZ Oficina Anillamiento Aranzadi
C  14/10/2021 FRP    ATWU   NL Tilburg TILBURG Huis ter Heide Wim Jongejan
This stork, with its three coloured rings and its metal ring engraved P 0315 was ringed by Alain Fleury in Teich en Gironde Park on 8 June 1989.

It has just been seen and photographed in the same park on 8 May 2021 by Rémi Landeau, i.e. 11657 days (almost 32 years) after its ringing, which makes it, to our knowledge, the oldest living stork.

 Top 5 furthest
from their ringing location
 Top 5 longest-lived
 
CenterColour-ringDistance  
FRP    AZSH   9224.713 km
FRP    AZBX   3770.249 km
FRP    BLBB   3705.739 km
FRP    AXPV   3667.156 km
FRP    AXZC   3648.536 km
 
CenterColour-ringLongevity /ringing
(observed for 1 year)
 
FRP    P0315   11672 days
FRP    AAAA   7437 days
FRP    AAOF   7368 days
FRP    AAYA   7355 days
FRP    AADF   7245 days

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