Bird and bat banding

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ABBBS Database Search: Malurus cyaneus (Superb Fairy-wren)

Scientific NameMalurus cyaneus
SPRAT DatabaseSPRAT Listing

Banding Data

Total Banded41157
First BandedApril 1955
Last BandedJune 2014

Recovery Data

Total Recoveries13517
Recovered Only Once3879
Distinct Recoveries6988
Most Frequent Resighting24 times
First RecoveryJune 1979
Last RecoveryJune 2014

Maximum Movement and Elapsed Time Details

Movement Average: 1 km Maximum: 276 km
Band 01870779, banded in September 2002 at COOLART RESERVE SOMERS, VIC (-38 deg 23 min, 145 deg 8 min). Recovered after 1.2 months at BAROOGA BACKHOUSES, NSW (-35 deg 57 min, 145 deg 46 min) in October 2002 after moving 276 km. Recovery method: TRAPPED IN MIST NET Recovery status: WAS RELEASED ALIVE WITH THE BAND.
Elapsed Time Average: 1 year 1.4 months Maximum: 10 years 5.4 months
Band 01039334, banded in April 1970 at CONNELLS POINT, NSW (-34 deg 0 min, 151 deg 6 min). Recovered after 10 years 5.4 months at HURSTVILLE, NSW (-33 deg 58 min, 151 deg 6 min) in September 1980 after moving 4 km. Recovery method: TAKEN BY DOMESTIC OR WILD CAT Recovery status: WAS DEAD AND THE BAND WAS 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.