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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  11/08/2022 FRP    BMLU   FR Charente-Maritime ESNANDES l'Ecluse du Clopet ROUX Anthony
C  10/08/2022 FRP    BHHR   FR Charente-Maritime ESNANDES l'Ecluse du Clopet ROUX Anthony
C  10/08/2022 FRP    0AHL   FR Charente-Maritime ESNANDES l'Ecluse du Clopet ROUX Anthony
C  10/08/2022 FRP    BNIC   FR Drôme MONTÉLIMAR Avenue Gaston Vernier AUBENAS André
C  10/08/2022 FRP    FHZP   FR Drôme MONTÉLIMAR Avenue Gaston Vernier AUBENAS André
C  10/08/2022 FRP    ALUA   FR Drôme MONTÉLIMAR Avenue du Meyrol AUBENAS André
C  09/08/2022 FRP    FCZP   FR Calvados HONFLEUR COVED Gunter DE SMET
C  09/08/2022 FRP    AAYY   FR Calvados HONFLEUR COVED Gunter DE SMET
C  09/08/2022 FRP    BTUR   FR Calvados HONFLEUR COVED Gunter DE SMET
C  09/08/2022 FRP    FMMR   FR Calvados HONFLEUR COVED Gunter DE SMET
C  09/08/2022 FRP    ADFB   FR Charente-Maritime ESNANDES l'Écluse du Clopet ROUX Anthony
C  08/08/2022 FRP    AYNU   FR Calvados HONFLEUR COVED Gunter DE SMET
C  08/08/2022 FRP    FMRY   FR Calvados HONFLEUR COVED Gunter DE SMET
C  08/08/2022 FRP    AMNZ   FR Calvados HONFLEUR COVED Gunter DE SMET
C  08/08/2022 FRP    FESP   FR Calvados HONFLEUR COVED Gunter DE SMET
C  08/08/2022 FRP    APZC   FR Calvados HONFLEUR COVED Gunter DE SMET
C  08/08/2022 FRP    BNVA   NL Land van Altena WAARDHUIZEN Lucas Bollingh
C  08/08/2022 FRP    FPCY   NL Boxmeer BEUGEN Kleine Vilt Klarenberg Albert
C  08/08/2022 FRP    FWBZ   FR Aude GRUISSAN Clément dominique
C  07/08/2022 FRP    ASPB   FR Calvados HONFLEUR COVED Gunter DE SMET
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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