Old bird

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Subject: Old bird
From: "martin butterfield" <>
Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2005 06:23:06 +1100
The latest e-version of The Economist contains a story about the recent issue of the British Trust for Ornithology "Ringing Report" in which they report recapture of a Manx Shearwater first banded 50 years ago.  The Economist headline claims it is the oldest bird in the world but there are many reports/urban legends of centenarian parrots and cockies in captivity. 
The article also comments on the efforts of a "large number of enthusiastic amateurs, backed up by those of a few ill-paid professionals" which is about the first time I have seen the Economist supporting a pay rise fro the workers!
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