Record break­ers: count­ing the years

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We know that cap­tive species can live a long time but some recorded wild birds can also ex­ceed life­span ex­pec­ta­tions.

LAYSAN AL­BA­TROSS Phoe­bas­tria im­mutabilis AGE: 68

A fe­male called Wis­dom is the old­est known banded bird in the world. She nests on Mid­way Atoll. This species has a typ­i­cal 12–40 year life­span.

MANX SHEAR­WA­TER Puffi­nus puffi­nus AGE: 54

The old­est known wild bird in the UK was ringed in 1957 and was last seen in 2008. 30–40 years would be con­sid­ered a good age for the species.

ARC­TIC TERN Sterna par­adis­aea AGE: 32

Re­mains of UK’s old­est recorded Arc­tic tern were found in Aberdeen­shire in July 2019. It was ringed as a chick in An­gus. On av­er­age, a tern lives for 13 years.

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