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Retraction of a longevity record for a 36-year-old herring gull

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Full text: The longevity record for a 36-year-old Herring Gull, Larus argentatus (Pettingill 1967, Auk 84: 123), is erroneous. Herring Gull with band number A-676871, the basis of the record, was found dead on 20 June 1966 on the shore of Little Traverse Bay near Petoskey, Michigan, and reported to the Bird Banding Laboratory. The laboratory then mistakenly advised Pettingill that this gull was banded by him on 29 June 1930 on coastal Maine. He actually banded Herring Gull number A-676871 as a young bird on one of the Beaver Islands in Lake Michigan on 8 July 1948. The gull was thus 18 instead of 36 years old.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Retraction of a longevity record for a 36-year-old herring gull
Series title:
Auk
Volume
91
Issue:
2
Year Published:
1974
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description:
432
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Auk
First page:
432
Number of Pages:
432