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Longevity of the Crested Tern Sterna bergii in South Australia


Recoveries of alive and dead Crested Terns Sterna bergii, banded as chicks at the colonies of Stonywell, Halfway, Troubridge and Penguin Islands in South Australia, have shown that birds can survive as long as 32 years. Although most birds were breeding between 4-18 years old, several breeding birds of 19-29 years were also captured.

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