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 1.

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

Austrian Ornithological Centre (AOC) event during "Wagramer Loess Spring"

Announcement poster Lössfruehling am Wagram 2
The branch office of the AOC in Seebarn welcomes visitors for the Loess Spring event on 19 May (Photo Vetmeduni Vienna)
Photo of the branch office of the AOC in Seebarn 3

As part of the "Wagramer Loess Spring", the Austrian Ornithological Center (AOC) opened the doors of its branch office in Seebarn am Wagram.

On Saturday, 19 May 2018, visitors were able to enjoy a varied program all day long under the motto "Exploring the diversity of birdlife". After an early bird excursion, there were numerous lectures with interesting facts about our feathered friends. The palette ranged from scientific bird ringing of local bird species  to information about nesting aids and amazing facts about falcon, hawk owl and co.

Between the lectures there was also the opportunity to tour the field office and have a chat with the staff of the AOC.


Long Night of Research 2018: Bird ringing at the AOC branch in Seebarn

In cooperation with the Biological Center Neusiedler See 4 visitors had the opportunity to watch staff of the Austrian Ornithological Centre 5 putting ID rings on wild birds and to take a close look at the birds. 

Where:  Biologischen Station Neusiedler See
             Seevorgelände 1
             7142 Illmitz


First Austrian bird ring assigned

Eurasian blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) with an Austrian bird ring (Photo: Christoph Roland)
Photo of Eurasian blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) 6

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 7 (press release in German 8)


News Archive AOC 9



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

How to find us 10



Recovered a bird ring?

Photo of bird rings

Please report your recovery here 11.