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We administer bird ringing in Southern Africa,
supplying rings, ringing equipment and services to volunteer and professional ringers in
South Africa and neighbouring countries. We are
an essential arm of the Animal Demography Unit and all ringing records are curated by us.Contact is maintained by our
Project Coordinator with all ringers (banders in North American or Australian terminology).
In September 2014 we announced a new longevity record for the Martial Eagle. That new record belonged to an individual that was recovered after being electrocuted on power lines in the Kruger National Park (ring number: G19094 ). As it was an adult at the time of initial ringing the age was estimated to be over 27 years. Although the individual may have been older than that, no guarantee could be made. After receiving another Martial Eagle recovery in December last year (on a farm along the Nossob River, Namibia) we discovered our record had been beaten. The recovery was from an individual ringed as a juvenile in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in 1984, which made our new longevity record for this species a confirmed age of 31.44 years.
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The image within this article is accredited to P Botha and was linked from BirdPix.
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