IOA : Existing Members Rings and New Membership

International Ornithological Association

(Founder Member COM-UK)

Affiliated to the Confederation Ornithologique Mondiale

As from the 1st Sept 2013 the IOA  will be accepting payment from its members/non members for all its goods, membership and ring orders via the following credit/debit card forms of payment: VISA, Maestro,  MasterCard,  Paypal, Vpay. A new membership form and ring order form will be down loadable from our web site and they will also be issued in our Oct 2014 magazine to all fully paid up members.

Please note all IOA rings are made of Aluminium.
Membership Benefits :

  • Your own membership & ID Code number for your COM-UK rings.
  • The opportunity to exhibit at any show held under the COM auspices.
  • Your birds transported to the Gouden Ring Show in Belgium.
  • Your birds transported to the World Show and World Show Vets fee’s paid.
  • The IOA News Letter & Magazine.
  • Being part of a Global organisation gives you contacts & friendships worldwide
  • To print an application form click here


Please click the links below to view the ring size guides

You can either order rings through our online shop or by using the application form

For 2015/16 ring details  click here,
Colour Coded rings have been expanded to a six year cycle and those colours are:
2015 Violet, 2016 Orange, 2017 Dark Blue, 2018 Red, 2019 Black, 2020 Light Green.
From 2015 the cycle restarts with Violet etc.

Member societies are stronly reminded that when ordering rings from any manufracter to specify the exact ring colour and the Pantone/Ral codes to aviod any misunderstanding by ring manufactures.


For 2015 the colour for rings is Violet,Pantone Code 249U,Ral 4008.

For 2016 the colour for rings is Orange,Pantone Code 1501U,Ral 2003.

For 2017 the colour for rings is Dark Blue,Pantone Code 301U,Ral 5019.

For 2018 the colour for rings is Red. Pantone Code 1797 U,Ral 3002.
Depending on the species , birds are normally rung within the first 7 days before the bones in the foot have ‘set’.
To ring the chick you hold the chick in one hand and hold the leg with the fingers of the same hand holding the 3 forward toes together and the rear toe facing in the opposite direction to the front toes.

The following creidt/debit cards can be used to purchase any of the above goods.


Birds foot step 1 Birds foot step 2  Birds foot step 3

Step 1 – You then using your other hand, slip the ring over the front three toes.

Step 2 – Across the ankle and over the back toe.

Step 3 – The back toe is then released.