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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  02/07/2022 FRP    BBRT   FR Charente-Maritime SAINT-XANDRE Les Roule-Cul ROUX Anthony
C  01/07/2022 HES    SA564   FR Haut-Rhin DIETWILLER Rue du Général de Gaulle REGISSER Bernard
C  01/07/2022 DER    AR737   FR Haut-Rhin ESCHENTZWILLER Rue des Tilleuls REGISSER Bernard
C  01/07/2022 FRP    BUAC   France Gard Saint Gilles à proximité de mas bramasset (au nid) Grégory Tahar-Chaouch
C  01/07/2022 FRP    BUAC   France Gard vauvert Grégory Tahar-Chaouch
B  01/07/2022 FRP    0CIP   FR 44 CORDEMAIS PF marais de la roche
B  01/07/2022 FRP    0DDZ   FR 44 CORDEMAIS PF marais de la roche
C  01/07/2022 FRP    BURH   FR Vendée BOIS-DE-CÉNÉ La Guillaudière Vincent Burot
C  30/06/2022 HES    SM384   FR Meuse AMBLY-SUR-MEUSE Lauer David
C  30/06/2022 FRP    BUPI   FR Loire-Atlantique MACHECOUL-SAINT-MÊME Machecoul déchetterie JAVEL JEAN-LUC
C  30/06/2022 FRP    FIRV   FR Loire-Atlantique MACHECOUL-SAINT-MÊME Machecoul déchetterie JAVEL JEAN-LUC
C  30/06/2022 FRP    BUTE   FR Loire-Atlantique MACHECOUL-SAINT-MÊME Machecoul déchetterie JAVEL JEAN-LUC
C  30/06/2022 FRP    BTVR   FR Calvados HONFLEUR COVED Gunter DE SMET
C  30/06/2022 FRP    BTUR   FR Calvados HONFLEUR COVED Gunter DE SMET
C  30/06/2022 FRP    ADMM   FR Calvados HONFLEUR COVED Gunter DE SMET
C  30/06/2022 FRP    AYNU   FR Calvados HONFLEUR COVED Gunter DE SMET
C  30/06/2022 FRP    FESP   FR Calvados HONFLEUR COVED Gunter DE SMET
C  29/06/2022 FRP    OBNR   FR Maine-et-Loire SAINT-GERMAIN-DES-PRÉS le Lion Vert Samuel Angebault
C  29/06/2022 FRP    OBYA   FR Maine-et-Loire SAINT-GERMAIN-DES-PRÉS le Lion Vert Samuel Angebault
C  29/06/2022 FRP    BHMR   FR Maine-et-Loire SAINT-GERMAIN-DES-PRÉS le Lion Vert Samuel Angebault
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    FPLR   4315.770 km
FRP    AZBX   3770.249 km
FRP    BLBB   3705.739 km
FRP    AXPV   3667.156 km
 
CenterColour-ringLongevity /ringing
(observed for 1 year)
 
FRP    PO1429   10834 days
FRP    PO1713   10505 days
FRP    AAHZ   7629 days
FRP    AAHJ   7587 days
FRP    AAAA   7576 days

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