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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
AlbatrossGrey-headed AlbatrossGrey-headed Albatross projectBird Island, South GeorgiaOceanWorld Wide Engraved colour rings
AlbatrossWandering AlbatrossWandering Albatross projectBird Island, South GeorgiaOceanWorld Wide Engraved colour rings
AlbatrossBlack-browed AlbatrossBlack-browed Albatross projectBird Island, South GeorgiaOceanWorld Wide Engraved colour rings
BabblerSouthern Pied BabblerSouthern Pied Babbler project NCKuruman River ReserveNorthern CapeSouth Africa 2003 to present3 Colours per bird
BishopSouthern Red BishopRed Bishop ProjectPort ElizabethEastern CapeSouth Africa 2014
BulbulAfrican Red-eyed BulbulRed-eyed Bulbul projectAskhamNorthern CapeSouth Africa Dec 2013 to Feb 20143-4colours/bird
BuzzardForest BuzzardColour-ringing of Steppe Buzzard and Forest BuzzardLimpopo, Mpumalanga and FreestateLimpopo, Mpumalanga and FreestateSouth Africa 2016 onwardsWhite on red, digits AA01-AA00 and MW01 to MW00
BuzzardForest BuzzardColour ringing Jackal and Forest Buzzards in the Garden RouteGarden Route Western CapeSouth Africa 2018 onwardsWhite rings with Black writing – A50 to A100 and 50A to 100A
BuzzardJackal BuzzardColour ringing Jackal and Forest Buzzards in the Garden RouteGarden Route Western CapeSouth Africa 2018 onwardsWhite rings with Black writing – A50 to A100 and 50A to 100A
ChatAnteating ChatAnteating Chat projectRandhoek Farm (Vredefort district)Free StateSouth Africa 2009 to present3 colours per bird
Cliff-chatMocking Cliff-ChatMocking Cliff-chat project GMagaliesbergGautengSouth Africa 2012 to 20133 colours per bird
CraneBlue CraneCrane Tracker Colour Ringing ProjectWestern CapeWestern CapeSouth Africa February 2019-onwards unique combinations of three colour rings
DrongoFork-tailed DrongoFork tailed Drongo projectKuruman River ReserveNorthern CapeSouth Africa 2011 to present3 colours per bird
EagleAfrican Crowned EagleAfrican Crowned Eagle projectaround KZNKwa-Zulu NatalSouth Africa 2015 to presentYellow with black letters, T00
EagleMartial EagleMartial Eagle - KarooKarooSouth Africa October 2019 - onwardsTwo digit alpha-numeric, eg. 'C3'; Letters used: C,D,E,G,H,I,J,K,L,M,N,O,P,S,T,V,W,Z.;Numbers Used:
EagleVerreaux's EagleVerreaux Eagle projectSouth Africa
EagleMartial EagleMartial Eagle projectKruger National ParkMpumalanga and LimpopoSouth Africa 2014 to present2 colours per bird
EgretCattle EgretColour-ringing of colonial waterbirds on the Cape peninsula - Cattle EgretsRondevlei Nature ReserveWestern CapeSouth Africa 2002 to 2004Red ring tibia
EgretCattle EgretKBO Cattle Egret projectKartong West Division The Gambia 2015 to present Yellow with black text; 4 digit alphanumeric code;
FalconPeregrine FalconLong-term demographic study of Peregrine Falcons on the Cape PeninsulaGreater Cape Town areaWestern CapeSouth Africa 1997 to present1 or 2 anodized (coloured) aluminium rings
FalconPygmy FalconPygmy Falcon project NCTswalu Kalahari ReserveNorthern CapeSouth Africa 2011 to present3 colours per bird
FiscalCommon FiscalCommon Fiscal projectRhodes University campus, GrahamstownEastern CapeSouth Africa 2009 to present3 colours per bird
FiscalCommon FiscalFynbos EstateFynbos Estate, near MalmbesburyWestern CapeSouth Africa June 2019-onwardsLeg ring: three solid colours:Red, orange, yellow, blue (light or dark), green (light or dark), whit
FiscalCommon FiscalCommon Fiscal project NCTswalu Kalahari ReserveNorthern CapeSouth Africa 2011 to present3 colours per bird
Fish-eagleAfrican Fish-EagleAfrican Fish-eagle projectSouth Africa
FlycatcherMarico FlycatcherMarico Flycatchers projectMurray Guest FarmNorthern CapeSouth Africa 2014 to 20153 colours per bird
GannetCape GannetCape Gannet monitoring projectSouth African coastlineWestern CapeSouth Africa Green plastic ring with WHITE letter/number. VHF t
Giant-petrelSouthern Giant-PetrelSouthern Giant Petrel projectBird Island, South GeorgiaOceanWorld Wide Engraved colour rings
Giant-petrelNorthern Giant-PetrelNorthern Giant Petrel projectBird Island, South GeorgiaOceanWorld Wide Engraved colour rings
GoshawkSouthern Pale Chanting GoshawkSouthern Pale Chanting Goshawk ProjectAccross Southern AfricaWhole CountrySouth Africa 2003 to presentYellow with Black Text; 1 Alpha 2 Numeric
Grass-owlAfrican Grass-OwlBirds of Prey Programme African Grass-owl ProjectHighveldFree State, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, GautengSouth Africa 2017 to presentYellow with black text; 3 digit alphanumeric code A01 to A99
Ground-hornbillSouthern Ground-HornbillSouthern Ground Hornbill Research and Conservation ProjectKlaserie, Timbavati, Umbabat, Thornybush and BalulMpumalangaSouth Africa 2006 to present3 colours per bird
Ground-thrushOrange Ground-ThrushKarkloof Orange Ground-Thrush ProjectKarkloof, KZN MidlandsKwa-Zulu NatalSouth Africa 2015 to presentWhite on black, digits A01-A50 on left tarsus, met
GullKelp GullKelp Gull project WCNatures Valley and Plettenberg BayWestern CapeSouth Africa 2013 to presentEngraved rings yellow writing on black rings K001-
GullHartlaub's GullSANCCOB Sesbird Project - Hartlaub's GullSANCCOB, V&A Waterfront and SeaPoint, Cape TownWestern CapeSouth Africa 2019-onwardsAlpha-numberic: black on yellow. Combinations: KA,KB,KC,KE,KH,KJ,KK,KL,KN,KP,KS,KT,KU,KW,KY,KZ + 0
GullKelp GullSANCCOB Sesbird Project - Kelp GullSANCCOB, V&A Waterfront and SeaPoint, Cape TownWestern CapeSouth Africa 2019-onwardsAlpha-numberic: black on yellow. Combinations: KA,KB,KC,KE,KH,KJ,KK,KL,KN,KP,KS,KT,KU,KW,KY,KZ + 0
GullHartlaub's GullHartlaub's Gull project NamibiaWalvis BayNamibiaNamibia 2011red/metal left
HarrierBlack HarrierBlack Harrier projectSouthern Africa
HoneybirdBrown-backed HoneybirdBrown-backed Honeybird Project (Botriver area)Botriver areaWestern CapeSouth Africa 2014 to PresentSingle colour per bird
HornbillSouthern Yellow-billed HornbillSouthern Yellow-billed Hornbill project 2Kuruman River ReserveNorthern CapeSouth Africa 2012 to present3 colours per bird
HornbillSouthern Yellow-billed HornbillSouthern Yellow-billed Hornbill project 1Kuruman River ReserveNorthern CapeSouth Africa 2009 to 20113 colours per bird
JacanaAfrican JacanaKBO Jacana project Kartong West Division The Gambia 2015 to present Black with white text; 2 digit alphanumeric code;
KingfisherWoodland KingfisherWoodland Kingfisher projectModimolle (Nylstroom)Northern ProvenceSouth Africa 20121 colour/alpha-numeric per bird
LapwingSpur-winged LapwingKBO Spur-winged Lapwing project Kartong West Division The Gambia 2010 to present 2010-2014: White leg flag with black text; 2 digit
OystercatcherAfrican Black OystercatcherThe impact of anthropogenic disturbance and other pressures on breeding shorebirdsPlettenberg Bay, Keurboomstrand, Nature’s ValleyWestern CapeSouth Africa 2014 to present10 mm size BLACK plastic ring with YELLOW text let
OystercatcherAfrican Black OystercatcherOystercatcher Conservation ProgrammeCoast of Southern AfricaWhole CountrySouthern Africa 1979 to presentColours vary per region (see image)
OystercatcherAfrican Black OystercatcherInvestigating the possible change in breeding strategy of African Black Oystercatchers Coast from Saldanha to Bettys BayWestern CapeSouth Africa 2011 to 20132 or 3 colours
PiapiacPiapiacKBO Piapiac project Kartong West Division The Gambia 2011 to present 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 presentUV-stable PVC (DARVIC), 2.8 mm size split plastic
PloverWhite-fronted PloverThe impact of anthropogenic disturbance and other pressures on breeding shorebirdsPlettenberg Bay, Keurboomstrand, Nature’s ValleyWestern CapeSouth Africa 2014 to present2.8 mm size BLACK plastic ring with WHITE letter/n
PloverKittlitz's PloverKittlitz's Plover project NPAl3 Farm near DendronNorthern ProvenceSouth Africa 2010 to present2 colours per bird
PloverKittlitz's PloverKittlitz's Plover project NWBarberspan Bird SanctuaryNorth WestSouth Africa 2011 to present1 engraved ring, 1 plain green ring
PriniaKaroo PriniaKaroo Prinia Project (Botriver area)Botriver areaWestern CapeSouth Africa 2014 to PresentSingle colour per bird
Robin-chatCape Robin-ChatCape Robin-chat projectGrahamstown suburban gardensEastern CapeSouth Africa 2009 to present3 colours per bird
Robin-chatRed-capped Robin-ChatRed-capped Robin-chat projectGreater Durban AreaKwa-Zulu NatalSouth Africa 2010 to presentengraved ring
Robin-chatCape Robin-ChatFynbos EstateFynbos Estate, near MalmbesburyWestern CapeSouth Africa June 2019-onwardsLeg ring: three solid colours: Red, orange, yellow, blue (light or dark), green (light or dark), whi
Rock-jumperCape Rock-jumperCape Rockjumpers projectBlue Hill Nature Reserve and surroundsWestern CapeSouth Africa 2011 to present3 unique colours to the left legs of male Cape Roc
Rock-thrushCape Rock-ThrushCape Rock-thrush project GMagaliesbergGautengSouth Africa 2012 to 20133 colours per bird
ShrikeLesser Grey ShrikeLesser Grey Shrike projectTswalu Kalahari ReserveNorthern CapeSouth Africa 2011 to present3 colours per bird
SkuaSubantarctic SkuaSkuas Marion Island Red, pink or green
Sparrow-weaverWhite-browed Sparrow-WeaverWhite-browed Sparrow Weaver projectTswalu Kalahari ReserveNorthern CapeSouth Africa 2009 to 20103 colours per bird
Sparrow-weaverWhite-browed Sparrow-WeaverWhite-browed Sparrow Weaver project NCMurray Guest FarmNorthern CapeSouth Africa 2014 to 20153 colours per bird
SparrowhawkBlack SparrowhawkBlack Sparrowhawk project KZNaround KZN, mostly PMB and DurbanKwa-Zulu NatalSouth Africa 2011 to presentwhite with black letters, A00 to A99
SparrowhawkBlack SparrowhawkLong-term demographic study of Black Sparrowhawks on the Cape PeninsulaGreater Cape Town areaWestern CapeSouth Africa 2000 to present1 or 2 anodized (coloured) aluminium rings
StarlingRed-winged StarlingRed-winged Starling project ECRhodes University campus, GrahamstownEastern CapeSouth Africa 20113 colours per bird
StarlingRed-winged StarlingRed-winged Starling Urban Ecology ProjectUniversity of Cape Town, Upper CampusWestern CapeSouth Africa 2017 to present3 colours per bird
StarlingRed-winged StarlingRed-winged Starling project WCUniversity of Cape Town, Upper CampusWestern CapeSouth Africa 1998-20063 colours per bird
StarlingCape Glossy StarlingCape Glossy Starling project NCAugrabies Falls NPNorthern CapeSouth Africa 2011 to present3 colours per bird
StarlingPale-winged StarlingPale-winged Starling project NCAugrabies Falls NPNorthern CapeSouth Africa 2011 to present3 colours per bird
SugarbirdGurney's SugarbirdSugarbird ProjectHowickKwa-Zulu NatalSouth Africa 2009 to 20103 colours per bird
SunbirdAmethyst SunbirdAmethyst Sunbird ProjectHowickKwa-Zulu NatalSouth Africa 2009 to 20103 colours per bird
SunbirdOrange-breasted SunbirdOrange-Breasted Sunbird ProjectWithin the borders of Cape of Good Hope Table MounWestern CapeSouth Africa 2018 - 20202 colours per bird
TernSwift TernSwift Tern project NamibiaWalvis BayNamibiaNamibia 2011red/metal left
TernLittle TernLittle Tern projectAtlit Salt-PansIsraelIsrael 2010 to PresentAlphanumeric: White with black text
TernSwift TernSwift Tern project Robben IslandRobben Island (33°48'S 18°22'E)Western CapeSouth Africa 2013 to 2015Alphanumeric: Various colours (see notes)
TernCaspian TernCaspian Tern projectGrootdraai Dam, StandertonMpumalangaSouth Africa 2010 to present1 different colour flag per year
TernSwift TernSwift Tern projectWestern Cape islandsWestern CapeSouth Africa ongoingcolour rings & engraved
TernDamara TernDamara Tern projectAlgoa BayEastern CapeSouth Africa 2008 to 20121 colour/bird
TernRoseate TernRoseate Tern projectBird Island & mainlandEastern CapeSouth Africa 2000 to present1 colour/bird; engraved from 2010
TernSwift TernSANCCOB Sesbird Project - Swift TernSANCCOB, V&A Waterfront and SeaPoint, Cape TownWestern CapeSouth Africa 2019-onwardsAlpha-numberic: black on yellow. Combinations: KA,KB,KC,KE,KH,KJ,KK,KL,KN,KP,KS,KT,KU,KW,KY,KZ + 0
TernSandwich TernKBO Sandwich Tern project Kartong West Division The Gambia 2011 to present White with black text; 3 digit alphanumeric code "
TernLittle TernDanish Little Tern ProjectLa SomoneLa SomoneSenegal 2019 onwardsAlpha-numeric: Dark green with white text starting with ‘Z';Green alpha-numeric coded ZA0 – ZL9 (90
ThrushKaroo ThrushKaroo Thrush projectMorningside, SandtonGautengSouth Africa 2015 to presentEngraved; black on yellow
ThrushKaroo ThrushKaroo Thrush Project - BloemfonteinBloemfonteinFree StateSouth Africa 2018 onwards4 colour rings per bird; Leftleg: 3 colour rings; Rightleg: 1 different colour per year, over SAFRIN
TurnstoneRuddy TurnstoneNamibian Ruddy Turnstone migration project SwakopmundErongo RegionNamibia 2017 to presentLeft tibia red colour ring; Right tibia black flag with white engraving AA-XX
VultureWhite-backed VultureNamibian Vulture Project TagsNamibiaNamibiaNamibia 2006 to presentYellow with black text: E,F,J,L,R & V prefix
VultureWhite-backed VultureDronfield Nature Reserve Vulture TaggingDronfield Nature ReserveNorthern Cape South Africa 2005 - onwardsYellow tags with with W as the alpha code for Dronfield in black followed by a numeric code in black
VultureWhite-backed VultureNamibian Vulture Project RingsNamibiaNamibiaNamibia 1991 to 2006Various
VultureWhite-backed VultureLimpopo Vulture ProjectWhole provinceLimpopoSouth Africa 2006 to presentYellow with black text: C- series, and three digit
VultureWhite-backed VultureWhite-backed Vulture - KalahariKalahariSouthern Africa October 2019 - onwardsThree digit alpha-numeric, eg. 'A3F'; Letters used: A,B,C,D,E,G,H,I,J,K,L,M,N,O,P,S,T,V,W,Z.; Number
VultureHooded VultureKBO Hooded Vulture project Kartong West Division The Gambia 2010 to 2014 Yellow wing tag with black text and matching yello
VultureWhite-backed VultureNorth West Vulture ProjectThroughout rangeNorth WestSouth Africa 2000sYellow with black text: B- series, and three digit
WeaverCape WeaverBlue Hill Nature Reserve Cape Weaver ProjectBlue Hill Nature ReserveWestern CapeSouth Africa 2011 - onwards
WheatearMountain WheatearMountain Wheatear project GMagaliesbergGautengSouth Africa 2012 to 20133 colours per bird
WheatearMountain WheatearMountain Wheatears Project NamibiaSossusvleiNamibiaNamibia 2011 to presentOne colour left leg, metal right, 2 colour rings o