Bird and bat banding

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ABBBS database - FAQ - Longest lived birds

The 10 Longest Lived Birds
BandScientific NameCommon NameFamilyMaximum
Longevity (years)
16019858 Puffinus tenuirostris Short-tailed Shearwater Procellariidae (petrels, prions and shearwaters) 48.3
U6837205 Thalassarche chrysostoma Grey-headed Albatross Diomedeidae (albatrosses) 47.2
FBS19095 Diomedea exulans (sensu lato) Wandering Albatross Diomedeidae (albatrosses) 44.0
16003971 Puffinus tenuirostris Short-tailed Shearwater Procellariidae (petrels, prions and shearwaters) 42.7
14002111 Diomedea exulans (sensu lato) Wandering Albatross Diomedeidae (albatrosses) 41.5
14003339 Diomedea exulans (sensu lato) Wandering Albatross Diomedeidae (albatrosses) 41.4
16015065 Puffinus tenuirostris Short-tailed Shearwater Procellariidae (petrels, prions and shearwaters) 39.9
14033164 Diomedea exulans (sensu lato) Wandering Albatross Diomedeidae (albatrosses) 39.9
13022412 Macronectes giganteus Southern Giant-Petrel Procellariidae (petrels, prions and shearwaters) 39.3
14003451 Diomedea exulans (sensu lato) Wandering Albatross Diomedeidae (albatrosses) 39.1

Caveat

This database is designed to provide information on bird and bat species, banded under the auspices of the Australian Bird & Bat Banding Scheme (ABBBS) managed by the Australian Government Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts. It has been compiled from a range of sources including information provided by banders and recoveries of banded birds and bats made by members of the public. While reasonable efforts have been made to ensure the accuracy of the information, no guarantee is given, nor responsibility taken, by the Commonwealth for its accuracy, currency or completeness. The Commonwealth does not accept any responsibility for any loss or damage that may be occasioned directly or indirectly through the use of, or reliance on, the information contained in this database. The information contained in this database does not necessarily represent the views of the Commonwealth. This database is not intended to be a complete source of information on the matters it deals with.