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The Lund Blackbird Project

Have you seen a blackbird with colour rings?

There are almost 200 birds around Östra Torn and the Ecology building at the university campus that have been marked with colour rings. If you think you have seen one then please contact us!

See below for more information.


We need your help

Do you want to participate in our research? Please, report sightings of colour-ringed birds to us. Each sighting will be highly valuable to the project and add knowledge to our understanding of bird migration.

What information do we need?

To identify which individual you have seen and for us to be able to use this information in the project, we will ideally need the following details:

  • Colour of the ring on the right leg (blue or yellow)
  • Colour combination on the left leg (starting at the body and working down to the foot)
  • Date of sighting
  • Location of sighting
  • Whether the bird was male or female

You can also send in a picture if you are able to photograph the bird with the rings visible.

How do you know if your bird has been colour-ringed by Lund University?

A bird with a blue and a red ring on its leg. Photo.

The left leg will have three smaller plastic rings with a unique colour combination. These are read from top to bottom. There are six possible colours (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, white and black). Beware! Blue and black colour rings can look very similar.

A bird has a yellow ring with the letters LU on its right leg. Photo.

There will be a plastic ring with the letters ‘LU’ on the right leg, along with a metal ring below. A blue plastic LU-ring indicates that the bird was first caught in 2019, while a yellow LU-ring means that the bird was first caught in 2020.

Where are you most likely to see our birds?

The majority of our birds have their home territories on campus (left) or in Östra Torn (right), and some of our birds move between the two. Occasionally we find that some individuals (particularly juveniles) can move beyond the area where they were originally caught, so it is always worth keeping your eyes peeled, wherever you are in Lund!