Bird Ringing Databank Passes the 10 Million Records Milestone
Union for Bird Ringing (EURING) is proud to announce the 10
Millionth entry to its Data Bank. The celebrated bird is a
female Barn Swallow, captured and ringed with ring number
"Valetta 250413" in Malta on 16th April 2011 during spring
passage and recaptured alive by a bird ringer near its nest
in RÓby in the Czech Republic on 19th June 2011. After routine
recording of ring number and various other details it was
Data Bank is a central, computerised repository for ringing
recovery records and holds records dating back over 100 years.
Its 10 million records cover 552 different bird species.
has been the umbrella organization of all European bird ringing
centres since 1962. This scientific society coordinates and
promotes scientific and administrative co-operation between
the national Ringing Centres for the development and maintenance
of high standards in bird ringing. EURING also promotes scientific
studies on birds, in particular those based on marked individuals,
and the use of the specific data that only bird ringing can
provide for conservation and management. These objectives
are achieved mainly through co-operative projects, the organisation
of meetings and the collection of data in the EURING Data
is keen to promote the best use of this unrivalled dataset
and welcomes applications to analyse any data held in the
EDB. Recent studies related to migration have examined flyways,
migratory divides, connectivity, irruption, evolution, phenological
changes, moult migration, dispersal of sedentary species and
birds as vectors of diseases. Other studies were focussed
on survival, mortality, habitat use, and population trends.
Data have also been used in various migration atlases and
in species monographs. Recoveries hosted at the EURING Data
Bank also shown how migratory birds are trying to cope with
the environmental effects of climate change.
can be found here.
Dr. Wolfgang Fiedler (EURING Chairman), Max Planck Institute
for Ornithology, Schlossallee 2, 78315 Radolfzell, Germany
national ringing scheme (contact details can be found here)
A Barn Swallow marked individually
with a lightweight numbered ring on the leg.
A female Swallow, ringed
in Malta (blue pin) has now become famous after being the
10 millionth entry into the EURING databank. It was ringed
on 16 April 2011 during passage, and was caught by another
ringer during routine ringing operations on 19 June 2011 in
Raby, Czech Republic (red pin)!
Millionth record in the EURING Data Bank. It holds information
about ring number, species, date and place, age and sex of
the bird, various biometric data, recovery circumstances and
other in a standardised international code developed by EURING.