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A total of 19,046 birds of 79 different species ringed in Iceland in 2014

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  • Job well done A total of 19,046 birds of 79 different species were ringed in Iceland last year. Photo/Vilhelm Gunnarsson

A record number of birds were ringed in Iceland last year, a total of 19,046 birds of 79 different species were tagged.

Guðmundur A. Guðmundsson, an animal ecologist with the Icelandic Institute of Natural History and who is in charge of bird ringing in Iceland, says ringing efforts help keep track of the movements of the birds, providing experts with vital information on their life history.

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Most of the banding is done by bird enthusiasts, the most productive of whom is Sverrir Thorstensen from Akureyri in North Iceland, who marked 3,555 birds in 2014.

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Organised ringing efforts have been conducted in Iceland since 1921, with 668,144 birds being marked since then. According to Vísir this is the first time a bird marked in Ghana has been caught in Iceland. 

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