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ABBBS database - FAQ - Greatest longevity by species

The Top 10 Longest Lived Species
Scientific NameCommon NameFamilyMaximum
Longevity (years)
Puffinus tenuirostris Short-tailed Shearwater Procellariidae (petrels, prions and shearwaters) 48.3
Thalassarche chrysostoma Grey-headed Albatross Diomedeidae (albatrosses) 47.2
Diomedea exulans (sensu lato) Wandering Albatross Diomedeidae (albatrosses) 44.0
Macronectes giganteus Southern Giant-Petrel Procellariidae (petrels, prions and shearwaters) 39.3
Macronectes halli Northern Giant-Petrel Procellariidae (petrels, prions and shearwaters) 34.4
Thalassarche impavida Campbell Albatross Diomedeidae (albatrosses) 34.2
Thalassarche melanophris Black-browed Albatross Diomedeidae (albatrosses) 33.4
Thalassarche cauta (sensu stricto) Shy Albatross, Tasmanian Shy Albatross Diomedeidae (albatrosses) 33.0
Pterodroma leucoptera Gould's Petrel Procellariidae (petrels, prions and shearwaters) 32.7
Sterna bergii Crested Tern Laridae (gulls and terns) 32.2


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.