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ABBBS Database Search: Calidris ferruginea (Curlew Sandpiper)

Scientific NameCalidris ferruginea
SPRAT DatabaseSPRAT Listing

Banding Data

Total Banded44600
First BandedSeptember 1955
Last BandedApril 2014

Recovery Data

Total Recoveries7022
Recovered Only Once4545
Distinct Recoveries5614
Most Frequent Resighting8 times
First RecoveryApril 1961
Last RecoveryJanuary 2014

Maximum Movement and Elapsed Time Details

Movement Average: 196 km Maximum: 13104 km
Band 04143141, banded in January 1988 at WERRIBEE SEWERAGE FARM (SPIT, PT WILSON), VIC (-38 deg 5 min, 144 deg 31 min). Recovered after 3 years 5.7 months at TAIMYR PENINSULA NORTH SIBERIA USSR (76 deg 4 min, 98 deg 32 min) in June 1991 after moving 13104 km. Recovery method: TRAPPED IN CLAP TRAP/NET, SPRUNG TRAP, ETC Recovery status: WAS RELEASED ALIVE WITH THE BAND.
Elapsed Time Average: 2 years 9.8 months Maximum: 18 years 1.9 months
Band 04097056, banded in December 1979 at OFF MANNS BEACH CORNER INLET, VIC (-38 deg 41 min, 146 deg 50 min). Recovered after 18 years 1.9 months at OFF MANNS BEACH CORNER INLET, VIC (-38 deg 41 min, 146 deg 50 min) in February 1998. Recovery method: TRAPPED WITH CANNON NET Recovery status: WAS RELEASED ALIVE WITH THE BAND.


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.