AnAge entry for Aves

Classification (HAGRID: 00189)

Kingdom: Animalia
    Phylum: Chordata
Aves (Browse taxon)
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Lifespan, ageing, and relevant traits


Birds tend to be longer-lived than size-equivalent animals from other classes [0405] (two-three times longer than mammals of the same size [1275]). Nonetheless, there are no confirmed reports of birds with negligible senescence or animals living over 100 years. This is because a large number of longevity records in birds come from banding studies in the wild, though, many longevity records may be underestimated. Males are generally longer-lived than females. As observed in other taxa, developmental schedules correlate strongly with longevity, yet metabolic rates do not correlate with longevity [0859]. High metabolic rate is predicted to be a liability in other classes, yet birds have generally high metabolic rates [1276].


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