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.




Save the dates: 2020 training sessions for bird ringers

After ringing, a bird returns to freedom (Photo K. Svadlenak/ Vetmeduni Vienna)
Bird flying away from hand 3

The Austrian bird ringing center offers two course modules for newcomers as part of their training in bird ringing.

UPDATE: "Training module I" on the basics of ringing adult birds and nestlings, which was scheduled to take place from Monday, May 11th to Friday, May 15th, 2020 at the branch office in Seebarn am Wagram, had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 prevention measures.

The “Training Module II” with a focus on capture using Japanese nets will hopefully be held at the Biological Station Neusiedler See - Seewinkel from Monday, August 31 to Friday, September 4, 2020.

Further information on the registration procedure and course schedule will follow.  Trainings will be held in German.

(Web editor, 30 March 2020)


5th bird ringer meeting at the Biology Centre Linz

Photo (c) Anne Hloch/AOC
group picture of bird ringers 4

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 5



Recovered a bird ring?

Photo of bird rings

Please report your recovery here 6.