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The Top 10 Most Frequently Recovered Species
Scientific NameCommon NameFamilyNumber of
Recovery Records
Eudyptula minor Little Penguin Spheniscidae (penguins) 95071
Calidris ruficollis Red-necked Stint Scolopacidae (curlews, sandpipers, snipes and godwits) 34836
Puffinus pacificus Wedge-tailed Shearwater Procellariidae (petrels, prions and shearwaters) 18851
Zosterops lateralis Silvereye Zosteropidae (white-eyes and silver-eyes) 18663
Phylidonyris novaehollandiae New Holland Honeyeater Meliphagidae (honeyeaters, friarbirds, wattlebirds spinebills and chats) 17616
Sterna bergii Crested Tern Laridae (gulls and terns) 13496
Malurus cyaneus Superb Fairy-wren Maluridae (fairy-wrens, emu-wrens and grassbirds) 13383
Sericornis frontalis White-browed Scrubwren Pardalotidae (pardalotes) 12921
Larus novaehollandiae Silver Gull Laridae (gulls and terns) 11552
Pterodroma leucoptera Gould's Petrel Procellariidae (petrels, prions and shearwaters) 11271


This database is designed to provide information on bird and bat species, banded under the auspices of the Australian Bird & Bat Banding Scheme (ABBBS) managed by the Australian Government Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts. It has been compiled from a range of sources including information provided by banders and recoveries of banded birds and bats made by members of the public. While reasonable efforts have been made to ensure the accuracy of the information, no guarantee is given, nor responsibility taken, by the Commonwealth for its accuracy, currency or completeness. The Commonwealth does not accept any responsibility for any loss or damage that may be occasioned directly or indirectly through the use of, or reliance on, the information contained in this database. The information contained in this database does not necessarily represent the views of the Commonwealth. This database is not intended to be a complete source of information on the matters it deals with.