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ABBBS Database Search: Diomedea exulans (sensu lato) (Wandering Albatross)

Scientific NameDiomedea exulans (sensu lato)
SPRAT DatabaseSPRAT Listing

Banding Data

Total Banded5380
First BandedOctober 1954
Last BandedFebruary 2014

Recovery Data

Total Recoveries2065
Recovered Only Once727
Distinct Recoveries1148
Most Frequent Resighting15 times
First RecoveryAugust 1958
Last RecoveryAugust 2013

Maximum Movement and Elapsed Time Details

Movement Average: 2099 km Maximum: 11022 km
Band 14033145, banded in August 1975 at OFF WOLLONGONG, NSW (-34 deg 26 min, 150 deg 56 min). Recovered after 4 years 6.2 months at 10K N YSERFONTEIN SOUTH AFRICA (-33 deg 16 min, 18 deg 7 min) in February 1980 after moving 11022 km. Recovery method: FOUND BEACHWASHED OR FLOATING IN SEA OR FRESHWATER Recovery status: WAS DEAD AND THE STATUS OF THE BAND IS UNKNOWN.
Elapsed Time Average: 10 years 2.0 months Maximum: 44 years 0.5 month
Band FBS19095, banded in January 1962 at CROZET ISLANDS, ANTARCTIQUES, FRANCE (-46 deg 25 min, 51 deg 51 min). Recovered after 44 years 0.5 month at MCEACHENS BEACH, YORKE PENINSULA, SA (-35 deg 7 min, 137 deg 32 min) in January 2006 after moving 6968 km. Recovery method: FOUND BEACHWASHED OR FLOATING IN SEA OR FRESHWATER Recovery status: PARTIALLY DECOMPOSED AND BAND REMOVED.


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.