How is this action or activity called in English when ornithologist attach special small light metal things to birds' paws (I don't know what those things are called in English) in order to keep track of them and study the birds' behavior (like their preferred habitats, migratory patterns, etc.)

  • The "paws" of birds are just called their legs or feet, depending on exactly what part you're talking about.
    – stangdon
    Sep 10, 2018 at 21:14

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This is called "Bird banding", "Bird ringing" (or just "ringing" when the context makes it obvious that you are talking about birds)

We don't talk about "paws" of birds, but rather their "legs" or "feet". Owls, eagles and hawks have "talons".

Wikipedia has an article on ringing

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    bird banding is another term ( I've heard here in the US).
    – TimR
    Sep 11, 2018 at 0:26

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