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Colour Ringing

The purpose of this page is to make it easy for observers to report information on colour-ringed birds. After registering as a user, you can report the colour code you have seen and immediately receive data on where the bird has been ringed and observed before.

What can be reported here
So far you can report:
- Swans with the following colour rings:
Black ring with three or four white characters
Report Swans here

- Bean goose with the following colour rings:
Yellow neck ring with black characters (series X00-X99) and Black ring with white characters (series A00-A99)
One letter and two numbers.
Report Bean goose with yellow ring here
Report Bean goose with black ring here
Read more about the project here: http://www.birdlife.no/prosjekter/sadgaas.php

- Lesser White-fronted Goose with the following colour rings:
Black neck ring with white code (series A00-A99) and coloured ring combination at foot
Report Lesser White-fronted Goose with black neck ring here
Report Lesser White-fronted Goose coloured ring combination at foot here

- Barnacle goose with the following colour rings:
Grey ring with three black letters
Report Barnacle goose here

- Cormorant with the following colour rings:
Black ring with white characters
All the rings are coded with three letters.
Report Cormorant here

- European Shag with the following colour rings:
Green ring with white characters
Yellow ring with black characters
All the rings are coded with two alfanumeric.
Report European Shag with green ring here
Report European Shag with yellow ring here

- Marsh Harrierwith the following colour rings:
Red ring with white characters
All the rings are coded with four letters and numbers
Report Marsh Harrier here

- Sparrowhawk with the following colour rings:
Green ring with green characters
All the rings are coded with four alfanumeric starts with a J.
Report Sparrowhawk

- Water rail with the following colour rings:
Combination of 1 colour ring on the tibia and 1 up to 3 colour rings on the tarsus
There are no characters at the rings.
Report Water rails here

- Coot and Moorhen with the following colour rings:
Green ring with white characters
All the rings are coded with letters and numbers (four altogether).
Report Coot and Moorhen here

- Crane with the following colour rings:
3 colour rings at each tibia and metal ring at tarsus.
There are no characters at the rings.
Report Crane here

- Oystercatcher with the following colour rings:
Green ring with white characters
All the rings are coded with letters and numbers (four altogether) starting with "T".
Report Oystercatcher here

- Dotterel with the following colour rings:
Left: Black and metal, Right: Yellow ring with black code
The code are two letters.
Report Dotterel here

- Northern Lapwing with the following colour rings:
White ring with black characters
All the rings are coded with letters and numbers (four altogether) starting with "J".
Report Northern Lapwing here

- Temminck's Stint with the following colour rings:
The temminck's Stints are colour ringed in Finnmark in northern Norway. These have three colour rings and a metal ring, two at each foot. The leading rings are violet og lime green over the metal ring.
Report Temminck's Stints here

- Purple Sandpipers with the 3 following colour projects:
Purple Sandpipers - Left tarsus metal ring. Left tibea yellow colour ring. Right tibea orange flag engraved with three black letters.1) Left tarsus metal ring. Left tibea yellow colour ring. Right tibea orange flag engraved with three black letters.
Report orange flag here
Purple Sandpipers - Left tarsus metal ring. Left tibea orange colour ring. Right tibea pale green flag engraved with three black letters.2) Left tarsus metal ring. Left tibea orange colour ring. Right tibea pale green flag engraved with three black letters.
Report pale green flag here
Purple Sandpipers - Left tarsus metal ring. Left tibea orange colour ring. Right tibea green flag engraved with three white letters.3) Left tarsus metal ring. Left tibea orange colour ring. Right tibea green flag engraved with three white letters.
Report green flag here
Purple Sandpipers - Left tarsus metal ring. Left tibea red colour ring. Right tibea yellow flag engraved with three black letters.3) Left tarsus metal ring. Left tibea red colour ring. Right tibea yellow flag engraved with three black letters.
Report yellow flag here

- Bar-tailed Godwit with the following colour rings:
White ring with black characters
All the rings are coded with letters and numbers (four altogether) starting with "JJ".
Report Bar-tailed Godwit here

- Gulls (except Kittiwake with black ring - 3 letters) with the following colour rings:
Pale blue ring with black characters for large gulls
Dark blue ring with white characters for large gulls
Black ring with white characters for large gulls
White ring with black characters for small gulls
Green ring with white characters for small gulls
White ring with black characters for Herring Gull and Lesser Black-backed Gull. 68 ind. ringed with code JAnn (where nn are numbers)
All the rings are coded with letters and numbers (four altogether (and five for black and white rings, and white and black rings)) starting with a "J".
Report gulls here

- Glaucous Gull with the following colour rings:
Red ring with white letters
All the rings are coded with two letters.
Glaucous Gull with black colour ring should be reported in the project "Gull colour ringing in Norway".
Report Glaucous Gull here

- Kittiwake with the following colour rings:
Black ring with white characters
All the rings are coded with three letters/numbers.
Report Kittiwake here

- Common Tern and Arctic Tern with the following colour rings:
Black ring with white characters
All the rings are coded with three letters/numbers.
Report Terns here

- White Wagtail with the following colour rings:
Yellow ring with black characters
All the rings are coded with three letters.
Report White Wagtails here

- Wheatears with the following colour rings:
Yellow ring with black characters
All the rings are coded with three letters.
Report Wheatears here

- Hooded Crow and Rook with the following colour rings:
White ring with black characters
All the rings are coded with 4 characters (A000-A299).
Report Hooded Crow and Rook here


You will find information on who you should contact for birds with other colour combinations on "European colour-ring Birding" www.cr-birding.org. You will also find a colour ring guide at http://www.crb-photoguide.com. A metal ring should be reported to Stavanger Museum at this site: www.nhm.uio.no/fagene/zoologi/fugl/ringmerking/Rapport_gjenfunn.htm

Red Knots with yellow flag.
In May 2006-2009 ca 1,800 Red Knots were colour ringed in Porsangerfjord, north Norway. There is a yellow flag engraved with three black letters on the left tibea and a red ring on the right tibea. Over 40 birds have been sighted in north Norway away from Porsangerfjord and over 100 abroad.

Please send observations to Jim Wilson jimwils@frisurf.no (Adresse: Sandneset, 8380 Ramberg). If it is not possible to read off the letters we are still interested in receiving observations of birds with a yellow flag.

Results from the project are published in December each year in the Wader Study Group Bulletin - the international journal of shorebird science. Read more here.

Do you have a colour ringing project?
There will be more projects included here in the near future. If you have a project that you want to promote on these pages, please contact administrator post@ringmerking.no. The only demand is that every bird has its individual colour code and that EURING-agreement is needed in order to avoid overlapping projects (www.cr-birding.be). The projects on this page are mainly Norwegian, but other projects can be assessed.

Proposals for improvements
This site will be regularly updated. If you have suggestions to things that can be improved or any good ideas, please contact post@ringmerking.no.


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