Bird and bat banding

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ABBBS Database Search: Limosa lapponica (Bar-tailed Godwit)

Scientific NameLimosa lapponica
SPRAT DatabaseSPRAT Listing

Banding Data

Total Banded23136
First BandedJanuary 1961
Last BandedFebruary 2014

Recovery Data

Total Recoveries3619
Recovered Only Once2271
Distinct Recoveries2778
Most Frequent Resighting24 times
First RecoveryOctober 1973
Last RecoveryApril 2014

Maximum Movement and Elapsed Time Details

Movement Average: 1254 km Maximum: 12164 km
Band 07280924, banded in February 2002 at OFF MANNS BEACH CORNER INLET, VIC (-38 deg 41 min, 146 deg 50 min). Recovered after 9 years 4.2 months at NEAR IKPIKPUK RIVER, ARCTIC ALASKA, USA (70 deg 33 min, -154 deg 40 min) in June 2011 after moving 12164 km. Recovery method: TRAPPED BY HAND OR WITH HANDHELD NET Recovery status: WAS RELEASED ALIVE WITH THE BAND.
Elapsed Time Average: 3 years 5.6 months Maximum: 26 years 1.4 months
Band 08243481, banded in September 1981 at BEACHES CRAB CK RD ROEBUCK BAY BROOME, WA (-18 deg 0 min, 122 deg 22 min). Recovered after 26 years 1.4 months at BEACHES CRAB CK RD ROEBUCK BAY BROOME, WA (-18 deg 0 min, 122 deg 22 min) in October 2007. Recovery method: TRAPPED WITH CANNON NET Recovery status: WAS RELEASED ALIVE AND THE BAND WAS REPLACED DUE TO WEAR, ETC.


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.