Marked Birds Database – Version 1.13.0 available

I’m happy to announce the release of the Marked Birds Database version 1.13.0. It contains several improvements to the BirdRing import, a small general efficiency improvement, and one fixed issue.

A link to the download file as well as instructions about installing, setting up and using the database can be found on the Marked Birds Database page.

Users who are using a previous version can import their data into the new version.


It is now possible to remove observations from within the Bird Overview layout. Do this by clicking the cog wheel for an observation and clicking ‘Delete observation’.

(The other way to remove observations is from within the Observation Details layout.)

Another improvement is that the confirmation message now also includes the date, time, and location of the observation to make it clearer which observation is about to be removed.


BirdRing Import

Various changes have been made to importing birds by using the BirdRing app.

(For a full explanation of this feature, see Marked Birds Database – BirdRing import: automatically creating new birds (phase 1).)

  • Steps 1 and 2 have been combined. To ease the working of the import, step 1 ‘Browsing for the CSV file’ and step 2 ‘Check for Matching Birds’ have been combined into one step. When loading the CSV file, a check for matching birds is therefore now automatically done. The whole process now consists of 4 steps instead of 5 in the previous version.


  • Adding an uncoded color ring. For birds that have been added by using the ‘Leg ring’ form in the BirdRing app, an uncoded colour ring can now also be added (typically as a marker on the tibia such as for gulls of Buijs Eco Consult). This makes it possible to add a bird that is added with a coded colour ring, an uncoded color ring and a metal ring. To do this, select the option ‘Ring fitted’ in the section ‘Uncoded color ring’ and set the colour and position of the ring.


Use this option to add the following types of ring combinations:


  • The most recent observation is now automatically shown. When a matching bird is found and observations for it exist, details of the most recent observation are now automatically shown. This way, the ‘Preview Observations’ does not have to be clicked to see when it was last observed.


  • The location can now be viewed in Google Maps. To verify the location, it can now be viewed in Google Maps based on the available coordinates. To do this, click the globe icon to the right of the Coordinates field.

Release Notes – Marked Birds Database – Version 1.13.0

  • MBDB-907 Make it possible to remove observations from Bird Overview.
  • MBDB-909 BirdRing import: show location of observation in Google Maps.
  • MBDB-910 BirdRing import: show most recent observation for a matching bird.
  • MBDB-911 BirdRing import: combine steps 1 and 2.
  • MBDB-912 BirdRing import: make it possible to add an unmarked color ring for gulls.
  • MBDB-914 BirdRing import: Current Marker Code not updated after manually changing ring color.
  • MBDB-915 BirdRing import: observation is added to incorrect bird.

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