Imprint / Provider Identification

    The following provides mandatory data concerning the provider of this website, obligations with regard to data protection, as well as other important legal references involving the Internet site of the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology (= as required by German law.


    The provider of this Internet site within the legal meaning of the term is the registered association Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science e.V.


    Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der Wissenschaften e.V.
    Hofgartenstraße 8
    80539 Munich
    Telefon: +49 (89) 2108 - 0

    Register of Societies and Associations

    The Max Planck Society is registered in the Official Register of Societies and Associations at Berlin-Charlottenburg Local Court under the register number VR 13378 B.


    The Max Planck Society is legally represented by its Board of Directors which, in turn, is represented by the President of the Society, Prof. Dr. Peter Gruss and by Secretary General Dr. Ludwig Kronthaler.
    Value Added Tax Identification Number
    The value added tax identification number of the Max Planck Society is DE 129517720.


    Responsible editors for the contents of the website of the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology with regard to media law:

    Dr. Sabine Spehn
    Max Planck Institute for Ornithology
    82319 Seewiesen

    Technically responsible (Webmaster)

    Technically responsible for the website of the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology:

    Dr. Sabine Spehn
    Max Planck Institute for Ornithology
    82319 Seewiesen

    Legal Structure

    The Max Planck Society is a non-profit research facility which is organized as a registered association. All of the institutes and facilities of the Max Planck Society are largely autonomous in terms of organization and research, but as a rule have no legal capacity of their own.

    Foreign Language Pages

    To the extent that parts of this Internet site are offered in languages other than German, this represents a service exclusively for staff and guests of the Max Planck Society who are not proficient in German.

    Data Collection and Processing

    The Max Planck Society is continually working on improving its website. To this end, we automatically gather statistical information relating to your visit to our website. We use this data for the purposes of statistical analyses on website utilisation and technical possibilities. Visits to our website are logged and assessed in an anonymized form. For further details on which information is recorded please refer to the following list.

    Anonymized usage tracking on

    Following information is gathered and use for statistical reports when visiting this website:

    • anonymised IP address (by truncation)*
    • a unique value to distinguish visitors (if cookies are permitted) *
    • visited URLs of this website
    • points in time of page views
    • types of HTML queries
    • previously visited URL (if submitted by browser) *
    • name and version of operation system *
    • name, version und language preferences of browser*
    • screen size and colour depth
    • technologies and file formats supported by browser (cookies, Java, Flash, PDF, WindowsMedia, QuickTime, Realplayer, Director, SilverLight, Google Gears)

    If JavaScript is disabled, only those dates marked with * are processed.

    The data is collected via an embedded Javascript programme and forwarded to a log server of the Max Planck Society. If Javascript is deactivated in your browser settings, only some part of the information will be recorded, and the number of page views counted. When you visit our website, a cookie will be stored on your computer, which will allow our system to recognize your computer when you next visit our website. We collect/assess no other data from website visitors.

    Please note that when using Google Maps the IP address of the user is transmitted to Google.

    The data protection officer of the Max Planck Society is available for questions concerning the topic of data protection at or +49 (0) 89-2108-1317.

    Personalized Services / Newsletter

    Insofar as you have decided to take advantage of a personalized service or to register for a newsletter service the required personal data are stored. As a rule this includes your e-mail address, first and surname as well as other data - depending on the type of offer. Your data are used only in order to provide you with the desired offer to your satisfaction and in order to respond to any inquiries. If you no longer wish to take advantage of a personalized service, your personal data will be deleted after you cancel your registration. If you wish to cancel your subscription to a newsletter, you can either send us an e-mail, or carry out cancellation by using the respective link at the end of the newsletter.

    Embedded Social Media Functions

    Please be aware that, if you use the "Recommend" link on the bottom of each
    page, several data (your IP address, the URL of the page you are currently
    viewing and possibly other personal information) are transferred to the
    single Social Networks whose connectors are integrated as soon as the overlay
    window opens. Additionally, you might have to specify your account
    credentials of the Social Network you want to use. Without clicking the
    "Recommend" link, no data will be transferred.

    Data Transmission

    Your personal data will only be transmitted to government organizations and authorities in legally required cases and/or for prosecution in the event of attacks on our network infrastructure. Your personal data are not provided to third parties for any other purpose.

    Liability for Contents of Online Information

    As the provider of contents in accordance with Section 7 Paragraph 1 of the Tele-Media Law, the Max Planck Society shall be responsible for any contents which it makes available for use in accordance with general legal provisions. The Max Planck Society makes every effort to provide timely and accurate information on this Web site. Nevertheless, errors and inaccuracies cannot be completely ruled out. Therefore, the Max Planck Society does not assume any liability for the relevance, accuracy, completeness or quality of the information provided. The Max Planck Society shall not be liable for damage of a tangible or intangible nature caused directly or indirectly through the use or failure to use the information offered and/or through the use of faulty or incomplete information unless it is verifiably culpable of intent or gross negligence. The same shall apply to any downloadable software available free of charge. The Max Planck Society reserves the right to modify, supplement, or delete any or all of the information offered on its Internet site, or to temporarily or permanently cease publication thereof without prior and separate notification.

    Links to Internet Sites of Third Parties

    This Internet site includes links to external pages. These external links are designated as follows: . References to the subordinate pages of this Internet site are designated as follows: . The respective provider shall be responsible for the contents of any linked external pages. In establishing the initial link, the Max Planck Society has reviewed the respective external content in order to determine whether such link entailed possible civil or criminal responsibility. However, a constant review of linked external pages is unreasonable without concrete reason to believe that a violation of the law may be involved. If the Max Planck Society determines such or it is pointed out by others that an external offer to which it is connected via a link entails civil or criminal responsibility, then the Max Planck Society will immediately eliminate any link to this offer. The Max Planck Society expressly dissociates itself from such contents.


    The layout, graphics employed and any other contents on the homepage of the Max Planck Society Internet site are protected by copyright law.
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