The South African Bird Ringing Unit


Ringing birds around Africa!



Colour Ring Projects


Please view the list below to take part in any of the projects in your area. You can view the details of each project by clicking on the title. If you do see any further colour ringed/tagged birds please submit the details by clicking the button below. If you need further details on starting a project or submitting your projects details please click the "Details for Ringers" heading below.

(Alphanumeric = an alphabet letter and a number (eg. A01))

Details for purchasing colour rings (Click to view) or Click Here and read FAQ number 15

Ringers may order their own colour rings directly to save costs and time, but note that you need to register colour ring projects with SAFRING. If you don't register your project (or even single colour ringed bird), you will compromise your own resighting data as well as that of other ringers.

Colour rings may be ordered from AC Hughes, sales@achughes.com

Engraved colour rings may be ordered from:

  1. Protouch, protouch.birdband@sasktel.net
  2. Poland, info@colour-rings.eu - this includes small engraved colour rings, as small as 2.5mm!, eg see here but these may not be as visible as normal colour rings from great distances.
  3. Wing tags from Spain, email alvar [at] maquiaambiental.com
  4. Poland - Tomasz Iciek, Krzysztof Kaczmarek. We manufacture colour rings, neckollars, wingtags and other marks for birds and other animals. We have been bird ringers and we have been cooperating with Polish Bird Ringing Center for many years. See web. Email office [at] bird-colour-rings.com
  5. Joel Avni, 021-709-0912, 079-403-8969, office [at] ecotoneafrica.com

 

A few useful guides to colour ring projects may be found here:

  1. Designing a colour ring project Essential reading, written by Steven Piper!
  2. European colour ring projects, especially useful for migrant birds. If you have seen a migrant colour ringed bird, look here and see if you can find out which project it falls under.
  3. Paper on reading colour rings on the BTO web
  4. Gull colour rings - lots of useful info on colour rings

 

Registered colour ring projects
(this list is not complete - all new projects will be added; ringers are encouraged to send details of current projects in the same format as below, for inclusion)




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Group Species Title Locality Province Country Time Ring Type Combination
AlbatrossBlack-browed AlbatrossBlack-browed Albatross projectBird Island, South GeorgiaOceanWorld Wide Legring: Engraved colour ringsEngraved colour rings
AlbatrossWandering AlbatrossWandering Albatross projectBird Island, South GeorgiaOceanWorld Wide Legring: Engraved colour ringsEngraved colour rings
AlbatrossGrey-headed AlbatrossGrey-headed Albatross projectBird Island, South GeorgiaOceanWorld Wide Legring: Engraved colour ringsEngraved colour rings
BabblerSouthern Pied BabblerSouthern Pied Babbler project NCKuruman River ReserveNorthern CapeSouth Africa 2003 to presentLegring: colour combination3 Colours per bird
BishopSouthern Red BishopRed Bishop ProjectPort ElizabethEastern CapeSouth Africa 2014Legring: colour combination
BulbulAfrican Red-eyed BulbulRed-eyed Bulbul projectAskhamNorthern CapeSouth Africa Dec 2013 to Feb 2014Legring: colour combination3-4colours/bird
BuzzardForest BuzzardColour-ringing of Steppe Buzzard, Forest Buzzard and Jackal Buzzard 2016 onwardsLegring: Engraved colour rings White on red, digits AA01-AA00 and MW01 to MW00
ChatAnteating ChatAnteating Chat projectRandhoek Farm (Vredefort district)Free StateSouth Africa 2009 to presentLegring: colour combination3 colours per bird
Cliff-chatMocking Cliff-ChatMocking Cliff-chat project GMagaliesbergGautengSouth Africa 2012 to 2013Legring: colour combination3 colours per bird
DrongoFork-tailed DrongoFork tailed Drongo projectKuruman River ReserveNorthern CapeSouth Africa 2011 to presentLegring: colour combination3 colours per bird
EagleMartial EagleMartial Eagle projectKruger National ParkMpumalanga and LimpopoSouth Africa 2014 to presentLegring: colour combination2 colours per bird
EagleAfrican Crowned EagleAfrican Crowned Eagle projectaround KZNKwa-Zulu NatalSouth Africa 2015 to presentLegring: Engraved colour ringsYellow with black letters, T00
EagleVerreaux's EagleVerreax Eagle projectSouth Africa Wing Tag
EgretCattle EgretKBO Cattle Egret projectKartong West Division The Gambia 2015 to present Legring: Engraved colour rings Yellow with black text; 4 digit alphanumeric code;
EgretCattle EgretColour-ringing of colonial waterbirds on the Cape peninsula - Cattle EgretsRondevlei Nature ReserveWestern CapeSouth Africa 2002 to 2004Legring: colour combinationRed ring tibia
FalconPeregrine FalconLong-term demographic study of Peregrine Falcons on the Cape PeninsulaGreater Cape Town areaWestern CapeSouth Africa 1997 to presentLegring: colour combination1 or 2 anodized (coloured) aluminium rings
FalconPygmy FalconPygmy Falcon project NCTswalu Kalahari ReserveNorthern CapeSouth Africa 2011 to presentLegring: colour combination3 colours per bird
FiscalCommon FiscalCommon Fiscal projectRhodes University campus, GrahamstownEastern CapeSouth Africa 2009 to presentLegring: colour combination3 colours per bird
FiscalCommon FiscalCommon Fiscal project NCTswalu Kalahari ReserveNorthern CapeSouth Africa 2011 to presentLegring: colour combination3 colours per bird
Fish-eagleAfrican Fish-EagleAfrican Fish-eagle projectSouth Africa Wing Tag
FlycatcherMarico FlycatcherMarico Flycatchers projectMurray Guest FarmNorthern CapeSouth Africa 2014 to 2015Legring: colour combination3 colours per bird
GannetCape GannetCape Gannet monitoring projectSouth African coastlineWestern CapeSouth Africa Legring: Engraved colour ringsGreen plastic ring with WHITE letter/number. VHF t
Giant-petrelNorthern Giant-PetrelNorthern Giant Petrel projectBird Island, South GeorgiaOceanWorld Wide Legring: Engraved colour ringsEngraved colour rings
Giant-petrelSouthern Giant-PetrelSouthern Giant Petrel projectBird Island, South GeorgiaOceanWorld Wide Legring: Engraved colour ringsEngraved colour rings
GoshawkSouthern Pale Chanting GoshawkSouthern Pale Chanting Goshawk projectSouth Africa Legring: Engraved colour rings
Grass-owlAfrican Grass-OwlBirds of Prey Programme African Grass-owl ProjectHighveldFree State, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, GautengSouth Africa 2017 to presentLegring: Engraved colour ringsYellow with black text; 3 digit alphanumeric code A01 to A99
Ground-hornbillSouthern Ground-HornbillSouthern Ground Hornbill Research and Conservation ProjectKlaserie, Timbavati, Umbabat and Balule PNRMpumalangaSouth Africa 2006 to 2017Legring: colour combination3 colours per bird
Ground-thrushOrange Ground-ThrushKarkloof Orange Ground-Thrush ProjectKarkloof, KZN MidlandsKwa-Zulu NatalSouth Africa 2015 to presentLegring: Engraved colour rings White on black, digits A01-A50 on left tarsus, met
GullKelp GullKelp Gull project ECEastern CapeEastern CapeSouth Africa Legring: Engraved colour ringsengraved
GullHartlaub's GullHartlaub's Gull project NamibiaWalvis BayNamibiaNamibia 2011Legring: colour combinationred/metal left
GullKelp GullKelp Gull project WCNatures Valley and Plettenberg BayWestern CapeSouth Africa 2013 to presentLegring: Engraved colour ringsEngraved rings yellow writing on black rings K001-
HarrierBlack HarrierBlack Harrier projectSouthern Africa Legring: Engraved colour rings
HoneybirdBrown-backed HoneybirdBrown-backed Honeybird Project (Botriver area)Botriver areaWestern CapeSouth Africa 2014 to PresentLegring: colour combinationSingle colour per bird
HornbillSouthern Yellow-billed HornbillSouthern Yellow-billed Hornbill project 1Kuruman River ReserveNorthern CapeSouth Africa 2009 to 2011Legring: colour combination3 colours per bird
HornbillSouthern Yellow-billed HornbillSouthern Yellow-billed Hornbill project 2Kuruman River ReserveNorthern CapeSouth Africa 2012 to presentLegring: colour combination3 colours per bird
IbisHadeda IbisHadeda ProjectSouth West of the Western CapeWestern CapeSouth Africa 2006 to presentLegring: Engraved colour ringsRed plastic ring with WHITE letter/number
JacanaAfrican JacanaKBO Jacana project Kartong West Division The Gambia 2015 to present Legring: Engraved colour rings Black with white text; 2 digit alphanumeric code;
KingfisherWoodland KingfisherWoodland Kingfisher projectModimolle (Nylstroom)Northern ProvenceSouth Africa 2012Legring: Engraved colour rings1 colour/alpha-numeric per bird
LapwingSpur-winged LapwingKBO Spur-winged Lapwing project Kartong West Division The Gambia 2010 to present Legflag: Engraved colour flags 2010-2014: White leg flag with black text; 2 digit
OystercatcherAfrican Black OystercatcherInvestigating the possible change in breeding strategy of African Black Oystercatchers Coast from Saldanha to Bettys BayWestern CapeSouth Africa 2011 to 2013Legring: colour combination2 or 3 colours
OystercatcherAfrican Black OystercatcherOystercatcher Conservation ProgrammeCoast of Southern AfricaWhole CountrySouthern Africa 1979 to presentLegring: Engraved colour ringsColours vary per region (see image)
OystercatcherAfrican Black OystercatcherThe impact of anthropogenic disturbance and other pressures on breeding shorebirdsPlettenberg Bay, Keurboomstrand, Nature’s ValleyWestern CapeSouth Africa 2014 to 2016Legring: Engraved colour rings10 mm size BLACK plastic ring with YELLOW text let
PiapiacPiapiacKBO Piapiac project Kartong West Division The Gambia 2011 to present Legring: Engraved colour rings Blue with white text; 1 digit alphanumeric code; o
PloverWhite-fronted PloverThe impact of anthropogenic disturbance and other pressures on breeding shorebirdsPlettenberg Bay, Keurboomstrand, Nature’s ValleyWestern CapeSouth Africa 2014 to 2016Legring: Engraved colour rings2.8 mm size BLACK plastic ring with WHITE letter/n
PloverWhite-fronted PloverThe impact of anthropogenic disturbance and other pressures on breeding shorebirdsPlettenberg Bay, Keurboomstrand, Nature’s ValleyWestern CapeSouth Africa 2014 to 2016Legring: colour combinationUV-stable PVC (DARVIC), 2.8 mm size split plastic
PloverKittlitz's PloverKittlitz's Plover project NWBarberspan Bird SanctuaryNorth WestSouth Africa 2011 to presentLegring: colour combination1 engraved ring, 1 plain green ring
PloverKittlitz's PloverKittlitz's Plover project NPAl3 Farm near DendronNorthern ProvenceSouth Africa 2010 to presentLegring: colour combination2 colours per bird
PriniaKaroo PriniaKaroo Prinia Project (Botriver area)Botriver areaWestern CapeSouth Africa 2014 to PresentLegring: colour combinationSingle colour per bird
Robin-chatCape Robin-ChatCape Robin-chat projectGrahamstown suburban gardensEastern CapeSouth Africa 2009 to presentLegring: colour combination3 colours per bird
Robin-chatRed-capped Robin-ChatRed-capped Robin-chat projectGreater Durban AreaKwa-Zulu NatalSouth Africa 2010 to presentLegring: Engraved colour ringsengraved ring
Rock-jumperCape Rock-jumperCape Rockjumpers projectBlue Hill Nature Reserve and surroundsWestern CapeSouth Africa 2011 to presentLegring: colour combination3 unique colours to the left legs of male Cape Roc
Rock-thrushCape Rock-ThrushCape Rock-thrush project GMagaliesbergGautengSouth Africa 2012 to 2013Legring: colour combination3 colours per bird
ShrikeLesser Grey ShrikeLesser Grey Shrike projectTswalu Kalahari ReserveNorthern CapeSouth Africa 2011 to presentLegring: colour combination3 colours per bird
Sparrow-weaverWhite-browed Sparrow-WeaverWhite-browed Sparrow Weaver project NCMurray Guest FarmNorthern CapeSouth Africa 2014 to 2015Legring: colour combination3 colours per bird
Sparrow-weaverWhite-browed Sparrow-WeaverWhite-browed Sparrow Weaver projectTswalu Kalahari ReserveNorthern CapeSouth Africa 2009 to 2010Legring: colour combination3 colours per bird
SparrowhawkBlack SparrowhawkLong-term demographic study of Black Sparrowhawks on the Cape PeninsulaGreater Cape Town areaWestern CapeSouth Africa 2000 to presentLegring: colour combination1 or 2 anodized (coloured) aluminium rings
SparrowhawkBlack SparrowhawkBlack Sparrowhawk project KZNaround KZN, mostly PMB and DurbanKwa-Zulu NatalSouth Africa 2011 to presentLegring: colour combinationwhite with black letters, A00 to A99
StarlingRed-winged StarlingRed-winged Starling project ECRhodes University campus, GrahamstownEastern CapeSouth Africa 2011Legring: colour combination3 colours per bird
StarlingPale-winged StarlingPale-winged Starling project NCAugrabies Falls NPNorthern CapeSouth Africa 2011 to presentLegring: colour combination3 colours per bird
StarlingCape Glossy StarlingCape Glossy Starling project NCAugrabies Falls NPNorthern CapeSouth Africa 2011 to presentLegring: colour combination3 colours per bird
StarlingRed-winged StarlingRed-winged Starling project WCUniversity of Cape Town, Upper CampusWestern CapeSouth Africa 1998-2006Legring: colour combination3 colours per bird
StarlingRed-winged StarlingRed-winged Starling Urban Ecology ProjectUniversity of Cape Town, Upper CampusWestern CapeSouth Africa 2017 to presentLegring: colour combination3 colours per bird
SugarbirdGurney's SugarbirdSugarbird ProjectHowickKwa-Zulu NatalSouth Africa 2009 to 2010Legring: colour combination3 colours per bird
SugarbirdCape SugarbirdCape Sugarbird HermanusHermanusWestern CapeSouth Africa 2011 to presentLegring: colour combination3 colours per bird
SunbirdAmethyst SunbirdAmethyst Sunbird ProjectHowickKwa-Zulu NatalSouth Africa 2009 to 2010Legring: colour combination3 colours per bird
TernRoseate TernRoseate Tern projectBird Island & mainlandEastern CapeSouth Africa 2000 to presentLegring: Engraved colour rings1 colour/bird; engraved from 2010
TernAntarctic TernAntarctic Tern project ECBird Island, Dyer Island, West CoastEastern CapeSouth Africa 2000 to presentLegring: colour combination1 colour/bird
TernAntarctic TernAntarctic Tern project WCBird Island, Dyer Island, West CoastWestern CapeSouth Africa 2000 to presentLegring: colour combination1 colour/bird
TernDamara TernDamara Tern projectAlgoa BayEastern CapeSouth Africa 2008 to 2012Legring: colour combination1 colour/bird
TernSwift TernSwift Tern projectWestern Cape islandsWestern CapeSouth Africa ongoingLegring: colour combinationcolour rings & engraved
TernCaspian TernCaspian Tern projectGrootdraai Dam, StandertonMpumalangaSouth Africa 2010 to presentLegflag: colour combinationBlue Flag, 1 colour/bird
TernSwift TernSwift Tern project NamibiaWalvis BayNamibiaNamibia 2011Legring: colour combinationred/metal left
TernSwift TernSwift Tern project Robben IslandRobben Island (33°48'S 18°22'E)Western CapeSouth Africa 2013 to PresentLegring: Engraved colour ringsAlphanumeric: Various colours (see notes)
TernLesser Crested TernLittle Tern projectAtlit Salt-PansIsraelIsrael 2010 to PresentLegring: Engraved colour ringsAlphanumeric: White with black text
TernSandwich TernKBO Sandwich Tern project Kartong West Division The Gambia 2011 to present Legring: Engraved colour rings White with black text; 3 digit alphanumeric code "
ThrushKaroo ThrushKaroo Thrush projectMorningside, SandtonGautengSouth Africa 2015 to presentLegring: Engraved colour ringsEngraved; black on yellow
VultureWhite-backed VultureNorth West Vulture ProjectThroughout rangeNorth WestSouth Africa 2000sWing Tag: EngravedYellow with black text: B- series, and three digit
VultureWhite-backed VultureLimpopo Vulture ProjectWhole provinceLimpopoSouth Africa 2006 to presentWing Tag: EngravedYellow with black text: C- series, and three digit
VultureWhite-backed VultureNamibian Vulture Project RingsNamibiaNamibiaNamibia 1991 to 2006Legring: colour combinationVarious
VultureWhite-backed VultureNamibian Vulture Project TagsNamibiaNamibiaNamibia 2006 to presentWing Tag: EngravedYellow with black text: E,F,J,L,R & V prefix
VultureHooded VultureKBO Hooded Vulture project Kartong West Division The Gambia 2010 to 2014 Legring: Engraved colour rings Yellow wing tag with black text and matching yello
WheatearMountain WheatearMountain Wheatears Project NamibiaSossusvleiNamibiaNamibia 2011 to presentLegring: colour combinationOne colour left leg, metal right, 2 colour rings o
WheatearMountain WheatearMountain Wheatear project GMagaliesbergGautengSouth Africa 2012 to 2013Legring: colour combination3 colours per bird