Longevity of Aust birds

Subject: Longevity of Aust birds
Date: Wed, 24 Apr 2002 11:07:15 +1000
I think I recall someone asking a little while ago a question concerning 
longevity of Australian birds.

For those interested in this the following has been extracted from the 
Australian Bird Study Association website - 
Details of the longest recovered movements for these species is also 

It is important not to confuse longevity of these banded birds with 
average lifespan.  These are very different things.  Just as some humans 
can live long past the average life expectancy so can some birds. 
Australian birds tend to live much longer than comparable northern 
hemisphere birds.

David Geering

Magpie Goose     24.10 yrs     450km
Black Swan     24.8 yrs     966km
Cape Barron Goose     18.0 yrs     290km
Aust. Shelduck    13.1yrs     940km
Pacific Black Duck     15.5yrs     1424 km
Grey Teal     31.8yrs     3170km
Short-tailed Shearwater     37.9yrs     12713km
Wandering Albatross     39.1yrs     12398km
Little Eagle     25.11yrs     580km
Brown Falcon     18.0yrs    2047km
Red-necked Stint     18.1yrs     12491km
Curlew Sandpiper     18.1yrs     11812km
Red-capped Plover     20.11yrs     837km
Silver Gull     28.8yrs     2186km
Crested Tern     30.2yrs     1935km
Bar-shouldered Dove     13.11yrs     38km
Galah     20.4yrs     476km
Rainbow Lorikeet     20.6yrs     63km
White-throated Tree-creeper     15.11 yrs
Brown Tree-creeper     13.11yrs
Superb Fairy-wren     10.5yrs     56km
White-browed Scrub-wren     16.2yrs     30km
Large-billed Scrub-wren     15.3yrs
Brown Thornbill     17.5yrs     4.8km
Striated Thornbill     14.7yrs     1.6km
Little Wattlebird     14.4yrs     37km
Regent Honeyeater      9.11yrs     269km
Lewins Honeyeater     13.0yrs     108km
Yellow-faced Honeyeater     12.1yrs     756km
Yellow-tufted Honeyeater     15.3yrs     21km
Fuscous Honeyeater     14.1km     12km
New Holland Honeyeater     14.5yrs     170km
Scarlet Robin     10.1yrs 
Eastern Yellow Robin     12.2yrs
White-browed Babbler     14.5yrs
Eastern Shrike-tit     13.9yrs     3km
Golden Whistler     15.2yrs     201km
Grey Shrike-thrush     12.6yrs     23km
Figbird     16.8yrs     103km
Grey Butcherbird     18.9yrs     10km
Australian Magpie     23.9yrs    16km
Regent Bowerbird     17.2yrs (this bird was in full male plumage when 
banded)     7km
Satin Bowerbird     12.5yrs     55km
European Goldfinch     7.0yrs     232km
Red-browed Finch     8.6yrs     42km
Silvereye     10.7yrs     1601km

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