The Cape Bird Club

Bird Ringing

Why  is bird ringing important?

  • Collecting informtion recorded at ringing outings helps the managers of these habitats. We are always learning that birds and habitats are dynamic, and ever changing and adapting to the prevailing conditions.
  • You will get no closer than this, when "ringing birds" - see the detail, understand the reasons for inspecting and recording the information of the different birds.

  • In trained fingers, observe the colours and appreciate the size of a Malachite Kingfisher, it is a remarkable experience.

  • Get involved.

  • New helpers are always required. For the contact persons, see below.

What to do if you find or see a bird with leg rings?

If you find a dead or an alive bird, with metal or plastic rings, please enter the information at:  (you will be prompted for the info needed)

or contact:

University of Cape Town,
Rondebosch, 7701.
ph 021 650 2421


Ringing at Edith Stephens Nature Reserve.

Doug Harebottle holding the kingfisher up for us all to see the colouring on the back.

See what we did....


Ringing at Die Oog.

Felicity Ellmore checking the nets to see if any birds have been caught.

See more...... 

Ringing at Rondevlei.

See these links to some excellent photographs by Dalton Gibbs
of waterbird chicks being ringed at Rondevlei in January 2014.

Spoonbill, Cattle Egret, Glossy Ibis.

also a Black crowned Night Heron.

Join Dieter Oschadleus ringing at Rondevlei. It is geared to demonstrating ringing to the general public and is ideal for families with children - note that there is a small entry fee to Rondevlei.
Takes place on the second Saturday of the month, 8am - about noon.
Ringing will be cancelled if it is raining or during high winds.

Also check this online calendar for ringing dates to verify the correct times and venues.

Dieter Oschadleus
tel       021 650 2421

photograph by Lynn Roscoe                                                 photograph by Damian Gibbs    

Dieter demonstrating aspects of a                      Felicity Ellmore clamping the ring in position on the
Cape Weaver.                                                   Cape Spurfowls leg and Dalton Gibbs holding.

 photograph by Damian Gibbs

They are selecting the correct ring size from the box for the bird to be ringed.

 photograph by Dieter Oschadleus

The Rondevlei Nature Reserve staff carrying the equipement for the mornings ringing.

photograph by Lynn Roscoe                                              photograph by Eva van Belle 

We have fun and go into the jungle too.           We like to encourage young people to come along.


Ringing at Paarl.

Francis Hannay - Has taken over the birding ringing at Paarl.
For details of times ph 021 855 2745 or 076 478 7265 or

photograph by Cathy Hannay

How beautiful is this?   Have you considered helping at the monthly ringing outings?

See what the Paarl Bird Ringers do.

photograph by Peter Nupen                                                                               photograph by Peter Nupen

Read this interesting observation                                        A Lesser Honeyguide tail feathers
while Peter Nupen was out "ringing".                                 and an interesting question?



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