Bird and bat banding

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ABBBS Database Search: Sterna bergii (Crested Tern)

Scientific NameSterna bergii
SPRAT DatabaseSPRAT Listing

Banding Data

Total Banded219784
First BandedOctober 1955
Last BandedJanuary 2014

Recovery Data

Total Recoveries13495
Recovered Only Once8824
Distinct Recoveries10768
Most Frequent Resighting13 times
First RecoveryNovember 1955
Last RecoveryMay 2014

Maximum Movement and Elapsed Time Details

Movement Average: 103 km Maximum: 3159 km
Band 07149158, banded in January 1986 at EAGLE ISLET NEAR LIZARD ISLAND, QLD (-14 deg 42 min, 145 deg 23 min). Recovered after 9 years 2.6 months at W SHORE DENTRECASTEAUX CHANNEL, TAS (-43 deg 4 min, 147 deg 16 min) in April 1995 after moving 3159 km. Recovery method: BAND NUMBER READ IN FIELD (BIRD NOT TRAPPED) Recovery status: WAS ALIVE IN THE WILD WITH THE BAND.
Elapsed Time Average: 8 years 3.3 months Maximum: 32 years 2.1 months
Band 07119613, banded in December 1975 at PENGUIN ISLAND, OFF BEACHPORT, SA (-37 deg 29 min, 140 deg 0 min). Recovered after 32 years 2.1 months at POINT RICARDO EAST GIPPSLAND, VIC (-37 deg 48 min, 148 deg 37 min) in February 2008 after moving 760 km. Recovery method: FOUND BEACHWASHED OR FLOATING IN SEA OR FRESHWATER 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.