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Oldest Tree Swallow and Purple Martin

I came across this trivia while scanning some records.

Oldest Swallows

The oldest male tree swallow on record was recaptured at the Port Rowan Lagoon in Long Point Observatory near  Port Rowan , Ontario. It was banded on June 14, 1986 and recovered on July 3, 1998 making it over 12 years old. It was  faithful to this site and was recaptured 150 feet from where it was hatched. From 1990 to 1994, it attended nestlings 65 feet from its hatching box. This information was retrieved from an issue of the January-March North American Bander .

The oldest purple martin on record stands at 13 years.