Bird and bat banding

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ABBBS Database Search: Puffinus pacificus (Wedge-tailed Shearwater)

Scientific NamePuffinus pacificus
SPRAT DatabaseSPRAT Listing

Banding Data

Total Banded90222
First BandedApril 1955
Last BandedMarch 2014

Recovery Data

Total Recoveries18328
Recovered Only Once4357
Distinct Recoveries7468
Most Frequent Resighting40 times
First RecoveryDecember 1957
Last RecoveryJanuary 2014

Maximum Movement and Elapsed Time Details

Movement Average: 17 km Maximum: 6854 km
Band 16153728, banded in April 1977 at SOUTH WEST SOLITARY ISLAND, NSW (-30 deg 9 min, 153 deg 14 min). Recovered after 13 years 1.0 months at BETWEEN CHINA & SINGAPORE (17 deg 0 min, 112 deg 0 min) in May 1990 after moving 6854 km. Recovery method: EXHAUSTED Recovery status: WAS RELEASED ALIVE WITH THE BAND.
Elapsed Time Average: 4 years 1.9 months Maximum: 31 years 5.3 months
Band 16170226, banded in April 1981 at MUTTONBIRD ISLAND COFFS HARBOUR, NSW (-30 deg 18 min, 153 deg 9 min). Recovered after 31 years 5.3 months at MUTTONBIRD ISLAND COFFS HARBOUR, NSW (-30 deg 18 min, 153 deg 9 min) in September 2012. Recovery method: TRAPPED BY HAND OR WITH HANDHELD NET Recovery status: WAS RELEASED ALIVE WITH THE BAND.


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.