The Ukrainian Bird Ringing Centre

The Ukrainian bird rings

In the first several years of existence of the Ukrainian Bird Ringing Centre, our main problem was supplying ornithologists of the country with bird rings for scientific purposes. In this time, the Russian Federation experienced the same issue, because production of MOSKWA rings was temporarily suspended due to lack of finances. The remaining rings were mainly used by the Russian ringers. In Ukraine bird rings became deficit for that time, in particular those for banding small passerine birds, but a number of the Ukrainian ornithologists continued, using their reserves, to band birds with MOSKWA rings. To ensure continuation of long-term investigations, researchers of the Azov-Black Sea Ornithological Station banded birds with HELGOLAND rings (Germany). In 1994 researchers of the Centre on their own started to produce aluminium rings marked KIEV. In total, 40 thousand of the rings were made. Quality of these rings was not very high but for some time it took the edge off. For instance, nearly all (8208 out of 8382) birds caught at field station Lebedivka in 1994 were banded with rings produced in Ukraine for the first time. These rings were used by both professional ornithologists and amateurs.

Since 1995, the Ukrainian Bird Ringing Centre has received different kinds of rings marked KIEV UKRAINE and up to international standards of quality. These rings were produced in Poland (Aranea) with support of Ministry of Agriculture, Nature Management and Fisheries of the Netherlands, section of Agriculture at Embassy of Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Gdansk Ornithological Station. In addition to Aranea, since 2004 bird rings for Ukraine were also produced by Porzana Ltd (Great Britain) owing to grant from The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (Great Britain). At present the Centre uses 21 kinds of rings which allow banding of all bird species distributed in Ukraine.

Series and sizes of the Ukrainian rings

Aluminium alloy rings, bird species Stainless steel (incoloy) rings, bird species

A (2.0*) for smallest warblers (Regulus, Phylloscopus sp. etc.)

B (2.5 for 2.8) for tits, chaffinches (Parus, Fringilla coelebs etc.)

C (3.3) for bullfinches, red-backed shrikes (Pyrrhula, Lanius collurio etc.)

E (4.2) for thrushes, starlings (Turdus, Sturnus vulgaris etc.)

H (5.5, 8.5**) for jays (Garrulus glandarius)

J (7.0) for magpies, female of the Sparrowhawk (Pica, Accipiter nisus etc.)

Z (9.0) for wood pigeons (Columba palumbus)

L (11.0) for buzzards, yellow-legged gulls (Buteo, Larus cachinnas)

N (16.0) for lesser spotted eagles and spotted eagles (Aquila)

P (26.0) for swans (Cygnus)

Cs (3.3) for sandpipers (Calidris)

Es (4.2) for snipes (Gallinago)

D (5.5, 8.5) for lapwings (Vanellus)

K (7.0, 8.5) for godwits, black-headed gulls (Limosa, Larus ridibundus etc.)

R (9.0, 10.0) for rooks, marsh harriers (Corvus, Circus aeruginosus etc.)

T (11.0, 10.0) for yellow-legged gulls (Larus cachinnans etc.)

W (13.0,10.0) for herons (Ardea)

F (14.0, 10.0) for mallards, pochards and other ducks (Anas platyrhynchos, Aythya)

X (16.0,12.0) for storks (Ciconia)

V (19.0, 12.0) for cormorants (Phalacrocorax carbo)

S" (22.0, 12.0) for gees (Anser)


Ring series recommended for banding birds of Ukrainian fauna.

It should be noted that KIEV rings are used also outside of Ukraine, for instance on Vernadskyi Antarctic Station for ringing 921 birds of five species.



About the Centre

History and Workers

The Ukrainian bird rings

Data Bases of the Ukrainian Bird Ringing Centre

History of Banding of Birds in Ukraine

Atlas of Migrations of Birds of Ukraine



vul. B. Khmelnytskogo, 15, Kyiv-30, 01030, UKRAINE

polud@izan.kiev.ua (Head of the Centre A. M. Poluda),
ring@izan.kiev.ua (office of the Centre)

+380 (44) 235-01-12



I. I. Schmalhausen Institute of Zoology, 2004-2018