Austrian Ornithological Centre (AOC)

The Austrian Ornithological Centre (AOC) has its headquarters at the Konrad Lorenz Institute of Ethology of the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna.  It is a scientific institution for the research of all biological and ecological aspects of birds.  It serves as ornithological documentation centre and is meant to bundle all bird research in Austria.  When it was founded in 2015 Austria became the last European country to establish such an ornithological centre.  

The AOC´s tasks include basic research on the lives of wild birds, causal research regarding threats to our birdlife, monitoring of breeding and migratory bird populations and the establishment and operation of a national bird ringing centre [Link 1].

European robin (Erithacus rubecula) (Photo: Anne Hloch)

News AOC


First Austrian bird ring assigned

Eurasian blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) with an Austrian bird ring (Photo: Christoph Roland)
Photo of Eurasian blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) [Link 2]

Just in time for the height of the spring migration on 5 April 2016 the first bird was marked with an Austrian ring.

The first bird to do the honours was a Eurasian blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla), which now wears a small aluminium ring marked "T 000001" and the inscription "KLIVV.AT AUSTRIA“ on its leg.

More info [Link 3] (press release in German [Link 4])


News Archive AOC [Link 5]



Contact AOC

Austrian Ornithological Centre
Konrad Lorenz Institute of Ethology
Savoyenstraße 1a, A-1160 Wien

Tel:   +43 (1) 25077-7349
Tel:   +43 (1) 25077-7900
Fax:  +43 (1) 25077-7941
Email AOC [Link 6]

How to find us [Link 7]




Recovered a bird ring?

Photo of bird rings

Please report your recovery here [Link 8].