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Longevity records for the Brown Booby Sula leucogaster and Flesh-footed Shearwater Ardenna carneipes


1Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania, 20 Castray Esplanade, Battery Point, Tasmania 7004, Australia *(
2Two Hands Project Inc., Headland Road, North Curl Curl, New South Wales 2099, Australia
3Adrift Lab, Parliament Street, Sandy Bay, Tasmania 7005, Australia


YAP, V.H.S., STEWART, L.G., STUCKENBROCK, S., FIDLER, A.L. & LAVERS, J.L. 2021. Longevity records for the Brown Booby Sula leucogaster and Flesh-footed Shearwater Ardenna carneipes . Marine Ornithology 49: 167 - 170

Received 11 December 2020, accepted 21 January 2021

Date Published: 2021/04/15
Date Online: 2021/04/10
Key words: Ardenna carneipes, banding, capture-mark-recapture, lifespan, seabirds, Sula leucogaster


Longevity records for seabirds are vital to understanding population demography but are often limited due to the relatively short duration of many monitoring programs. Here, we present new longevity records for two seabird species: 32.2 years (Queensland, Australia) for the Brown Booby Sula leucogaster and 33.9 years (New Zealand) for the Flesh-footed Shearwater Ardenna carneipes, alongside existing longevity data. While these new records represent the oldest known birds to date, we suggest that they reflect typical adult lifespans of these species, i.e., 25-30 years, and reinforce the need for ongoing monitoring efforts.


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