Longevity list of birds ringed in Europe
Longevity lists were in the 1970s compiled by W. Rydzewski and
published several times in the journal THE RING. These lists were
the basis for updated lists published by Roland Staav in EURING
Newsletters in 1998 and 2001. The list has successively been updated
during recent years, but there are still many recoveries of old
birds hidden in the archives of the ringing schemes.
Birds ringed as full-grown or adults have been included with a minimum
age based on age at ringing (start of year set to 1st of July) and
in those recoveries are age preceded by a >.
The plan is to include the two oldest individuals of a species in
the list and the minimum age for a recovery to be included is five
years. Recoveries of birds in the list where ring number and details
are not included are published in atlases by those schemes.
All schemes are kindly requested to support updates of this list
by sending corrections or new longevity records (either oldest or
second oldest) to the bird ringing centre at the Swedish Museum
of Natural History in Stockholm (
the longevity list
updated 26 November 2010
This longevity list should be cited as:
Fransson, T., Kolehmainen, T., Kroon, C., Jansson, L. & Wenninger,
EURING list of longevity records for European birds