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The black stork ringed in Lithuania has been found in Israel after more than 13 years

2017-10-27

As reported by the Bird Ringing Centre at the Kaunas Tadas Ivanauskas Zoological Museum, last week the black stork ringed in Lithuania was found in Israel, in the fish ponds at Magen Michel, after 4873 days, i.e. after more than 13 years.

The age of this bird (around 13 years and 5 months) is the longest age of the black stork ringed in Lithuania known to date. While being a baby stork unable to fly, it was labelled with a ring containing an inscription “LITHUANIA 5111” in Vėžiongirė (Prienai district) on 14 June 2004. This black stork was detected in the same ponds in Israel earlier as well, i.e. on 15 December 2010.

The black and white storks living in our country migrate along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea to the overwintering sites in Africa. Practically, all storks from the Eastern Europe pass Israel. A large number of fish ponds in this country is a very important rest place of these birds where they stop for a longer period before their subsequent flight to Central Africa.

Based on the records of the database of the Lithuanian Bird Ringing Centre, a total of 66 black storks ringed in Lithuania have been detected 189 times from 1979; of this number 45 storks were detected in Israel for 154 times, where only one bird was found dead because it got stuck into the protective net. In other countries, the black storks ringed in Lithuania were detected only for a few times. For instance, they were detected one time in Belarus, Romania and Hungary, 2 times in Ukraine and Poland, and 6 times in Latvia and Germany.

Public Relations Division
27 October 2017


Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas