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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.

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
The last 10 sightings
 V Action DateColour-ringCountryDepartmentNearest townArea/SiteObserversRinger  
C  25/11/2020    FPIX   ES Zaragoza EJEA DE LOS CABALLEROS A-1102 JAVIER TRAIN GARCIA KLEIN, Dominique
C  25/11/2020    ASDX   FR Vendée SAINT-DENIS-DU-PAYRÉ Réserve naturelle TROTIGNON Paul BUROT, Vincent
C  23/11/2020    ABYZ   FR Vendée SAINT-DENIS-DU-PAYRÉ Réserve naturelle TROTIGNON Paul BARBRAUD, Jean-Claude
C  23/11/2020    BDCW   FR Vendée SAINT-DENIS-DU-PAYRÉ Réserve naturelle TROTIGNON Paul BARBRAUD, Jean-Claude
C  23/11/2020    BCDR   FR Vendée SAINT-DENIS-DU-PAYRÉ Réserve naturelle TROTIGNON Paul BARBRAUD, Jean-Claude
C  23/11/2020    FCZD   NL De Ronde Venen ABCOUDE Gein Noord Wim Jongejan HEROGUEL, Clement
C  21/11/2020    FNLP   ES Zamora ZAMORA Unnamed Road Jose Barrueso Franco DATIN, Jean
C  21/11/2020    BEWM   FR Charente-Maritime SAINT-JEAN-D'ANGLE Route de Marennes NOEL Bernard BARBRAUD, Jean-Claude
C  20/11/2020    BVWY   FR Moselle TETING-SUR-NIED Centre d'Enfouissement KLEIN Dominique WEY, Gerard
 Top 5 furthest
from their ringing location
 Top 5 longest-lived
   AZSH   9224.713 km
   AZBX   3770.249 km
   AXPV   3667.156 km
   AXZC   3648.536 km
   ASNM   3627.377 km
Colour-ringLongevity /ringing
(observed for 1 year)
   ACIC   6365 days
   ADIE   6297 days
   ADXA   6140 days
   ADSH   6135 days
   AAYY   6134 days

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