Austrian Ornithological Centre (AOC)

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

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 2.




5th bird ringer meeting at the Biology Centre Linz

Photo (c) Anne Hloch/AOC
group picture of bird ringers 3

On Saturday, February 8th, 2020, the AOC held the 5th annual bird ringing meeting. The Biology Centre Linz generously made its premises available for this. Varied lectures were on the programme for more than 20 participants: topics were as diverse as the resilience of snow sparrows to the marking and sending of gray geese in Seewinkel, and ringing of rescued birds in Upper Austria.

The AOC team would like to thank the Biology Centre Linz, the lecturers and all conference guests for the successful event and the nice atmosphere!

(Web editor, 17 February 2020)


News Archive AOC 4



Woodpecker Conference 2020

Woodpecker (Photo by W. Vogl)

Conference of the expert group on woodpeckers of the German Ornithological Society

Postponed: Oct 30 - Nov 1, 2020,  Vienna

More information 5


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Recovered a bird ring?

Photo of bird rings

Please report your recovery here 6.