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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  18/05/2021 FRP    FLNL   DE Niedersachsen BRAUNSCHWEIG Unnamed Road Gerhard Braemer
C  18/05/2021 FRP    BUPI   FR 44 MACHECOUL-SAINT-MEME la grande metairie arbre3 BRIE, Jean-Yves
C  18/05/2021 FRP    BMLU   FR 44 MACHECOUL la grande metairie PY59 (côté 20Kv) BRIE, Jean-Yves
C  18/05/2021 FRP    BPVR   FR 44 MACHECOUL la pajotiere BRIE, Jean-Yves
C  18/05/2021 FRP    AMZZ   FR 44 MACHECOUL le pas giraud BRIE, Jean-Yves
C  18/05/2021 FRP    BUSL   FR 44 MACHECOUL la berthaudiere BRIE, Jean-Yves
C  18/05/2021 FRP    AMTA   FR Vendée BOIS-DE-CÉNÉ L'Île Chauvet Catherine Guilhou
C  18/05/2021 FRP    AMIA   FR Vendée BOIS-DE-CÉNÉ L'Île Chauvet Catherine Guilhou
C  18/05/2021 FRP    BVEB   FR Vendée BOIS-DE-CÉNÉ L'Île Chauvet Catherine Guilhou
C  18/05/2021 FRP    BPZA   FR Eure MALLEVILLE-SUR-LE-BEC Centre d'enfouissement des déchets YVON, Julien
C  18/05/2021 FRP    FLHC   FR Eure MALLEVILLE-SUR-LE-BEC Centre d'enfouissement des déchets YVON, Julien
C  18/05/2021 FRP    APZV   FR Eure MALLEVILLE-SUR-LE-BEC Centre d'enfouissement des déchets YVON, Julien
C  18/05/2021 FRP    FDWY   FR Eure MALLEVILLE-SUR-LE-BEC Centre d'enfouissement des déchets YVON, Julien
C  18/05/2021 FRP    FMMA   FR Eure MALLEVILLE-SUR-LE-BEC Centre d'enfouissement des déchets YVON, Julien
C  18/05/2021 FRP    FLHR   FR Eure MALLEVILLE-SUR-LE-BEC Centre d'enfouissement des déchets YVON, Julien
C  18/05/2021 FRP    ANYN   FR Eure MALLEVILLE-SUR-LE-BEC Centre d'enfouissement des déchets YVON, Julien
C  18/05/2021 FRP    BTVU   FR Eure MALLEVILLE-SUR-LE-BEC Centre d'enfouissement des déchets YVON, Julien
C  18/05/2021 FRP    FESC   FR Eure MALLEVILLE-SUR-LE-BEC Centre d'enfouissement des déchets YVON, Julien
C  18/05/2021 FRP    AMNS   FR Eure MALLEVILLE-SUR-LE-BEC Centre d'enfouissement des déchets YVON, Julien
C  18/05/2021 FRP    BIVM   FR Eure MALLEVILLE-SUR-LE-BEC Centre d'enfouissement des déchets YVON, Julien
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    AADF   7245 days
FRP    AAHZ   7242 days
FRP    AAAA   7207 days
FRP    AAOB   7125 days
FRP    AACO   7052 days

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