Bird and bat banding

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ABBBS Database Search: Sterna hirundo (Common Tern)

Scientific NameSterna hirundo
FamilyLaridae
SPRAT DatabaseSPRAT Listing

Banding Data

Total Banded3223
First BandedJuly 1955
Last BandedNovember 2009

Recovery Data

Total Recoveries313
Resightings70
Recovered Only Once243
Distinct Recoveries275
Most Frequent Resighting3 times
First RecoveryJanuary 1956
Last RecoverySeptember 2011

Maximum Movement and Elapsed Time Details

Movement Average: 274 km Maximum: 16256 km
Band GR27710, banded in May 1956 at COPELAND ISLANDS, U.K. BTO (54 deg 41 min, -5 deg 32 min). Recovered after 12 years 5.6 months at KOW SWAMP, VIC (-35 deg 57 min, 144 deg 17 min) in October 1968 after moving 16256 km. Recovery method: FOUND DEAD, CAUSE UNKNOWN Recovery status: WAS DEAD AND THE STATUS OF THE BAND IS UNKNOWN.
Elapsed Time Average: 3 years 3.0 months Maximum: 12 years 5.6 months
Band GR27710, banded in May 1956 at COPELAND ISLANDS, U.K. BTO (54 deg 41 min, -5 deg 32 min). Recovered after 12 years 5.6 months at KOW SWAMP, VIC (-35 deg 57 min, 144 deg 17 min) in October 1968 after moving 16256 km. Recovery method: FOUND DEAD, CAUSE UNKNOWN Recovery status: WAS DEAD AND THE STATUS OF THE BAND IS UNKNOWN.

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.