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.




Little owl in great danger

Left to right: Wolfgang Pegler (Chairman „Wagrampur“), Richard Zink (Head of the AOC branch in Seebarn), Alfred Riedl (Gemeindebund-Präsident), Rector Petra Winter, Mike Ulzer (Weinhof Ulzer); Photo: E. Hammerschmid
group photo of participants with Little owl poster

The characteristic call of the little owl is rarely heard in Austria, because the small owl species is threatened with extinction. Due to the increasing loss of habitat, little owls can only find few breeding sites and suitable living conditions. Together with the “Wagrampur” association and committed winegrowers in Austria's wine-growing regions, the Austrian Ornithological Centre would like to promote sustainable, future-oriented protective measures for this endangered bird species. The AOC with its branch in Seebarn am Wagram (Lower Austria) offers bird-related know-how as the basis for the "comeback" of little owls and other bird species. In cooperation with the “Wagrampur” association, framework conditions are being created for the resettlement of the little owl.

On September 17, 2020, a photo and press meeting took place in the branch of the AOC branch in Seebarn am Wagram to raise awareness on the need for the protection of the little owl in Lower Austria. In addition to Petra Winter, Rector of the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna and Richard Zink (Head of the AOC branch in Seebarn), Alfred Riedl (Mayor of Grafenwörth and President of the Association of Municipalities), the winemaker Mike Ulzer (Weinhof Ulzer) and Wolfgang Pegler (Chairman of the “Wagrampur “) took part.

You can help save the little owl with a donation 3.

(Web editor, 18 September 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.


A new home for the little owl: with your support!

Photo Andy Chilton
little owl

Please help us with your donation 3 and give the little owl a second chance. Every contribution counts!