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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  17/05/2022 FRP    AFFA   FR Somme SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-TOURMONT Parc du Marquenterre Adrien DEXET
C  17/05/2022 FRP    AERY   FR Somme SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-TOURMONT Parc du Marquenterre Adrien DEXET
C  17/05/2022 FRP    AYEY   FR Seine-Maritime LA CERLANGUE Usine Millenium Domalain Thomas
C  17/05/2022 FRP    FDXD   FR Seine-Maritime LA CERLANGUE Domalain Thomas
C  16/05/2022 FRP    BVUR   FR Moselle MUNSTER Rue Principale Klein Dominique
C  16/05/2022 BLB    Y0258   BL Hainaut LENS Rue des Bouloirs mark edmonds
C  16/05/2022 BLB    Y0258   BL Hainaut LENS Rue des Bouloirs mark edmonds
C  16/05/2022 FRP    M6594   BL Hainaut LENS Rue des Bouloirs mark edmonds
C  16/05/2022 BLB     0258   BL Hainaut LENS Rue des Bouloirs mark edmonds
C  16/05/2022 BLB     0258   BL Hainaut LENS Rue des Bouloirs mark edmonds
C  15/05/2022 FRP    BPNB   FR Bas-Rhin DUPPIGHEIM Rue de la Gare HISS Jean-Pierre
C  15/05/2022 FRP    BNAL   FR Bas-Rhin DUPPIGHEIM Rue de la Gare HISS Jean-Pierre
C  14/05/2022 FRP    FMET   France Calvados Barbeville (14400) 253 Rue du lavoir Martial Muller
C  14/05/2022 FRP    BSLZ   FR Meurthe-et-Moselle PANNES HERVE Théo
C  14/05/2022 FRP    BLZ   FR Meurthe-et-Moselle PANNES HERVE Théo
C  14/05/2022 FRP    FHXP   FR Somme SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-TOURMONT Yvon Julien
C  14/05/2022 FRP    ADTF   FR Bas-Rhin BIBLISHEIM Route de Walbourg Lutz André
C  14/05/2022 FRP    ZBU   FR Moselle SARRALBE Rue Raymond Poincaré OSTER Sandrine
C  14/05/2022 FRP    FPRZ   FR Moselle SARRALBE Rue Saint-Louis Klein Dominique
C  12/05/2022 FRP    AMXZ   FR Loire-Atlantique VILLENEUVE-EN-RETZ La Haute-Folie CLAVIER Raymond
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    BDUN   8804.748 km
FRP    FPLR   4315.770 km
FRP    AZBX   3770.249 km
FRP    BLBB   3705.739 km
 
CenterColour-ringLongevity /ringing
(observed for 1 year)
 
FRP    PO1429   10834 days
FRP    PO0315   10525 days
FRP    PO1713   10505 days
FRP    AAHZ   7593 days
FRP    AAHJ   7587 days

  Sources © Arnaud LH - contact site - contact Programme - Crédits photographiques : David Lédan