Table 302

Life spans and approximate lifetime energy expenditures in mice, humans and some typical birds (c = from records of captive individuals)


Maximum documented longevity (years)

Estimated lifetime energy expenditure (kcal)


(Mus domesticus) Human

(Homo sapiens) Japanese Quail

(Coturnix japonica) American Robin

(Turdus migratorius) Budgerigar

(Melopsittacus undulatus) Raven

(Corvus corax) Starling

(Sturnus vulgaris) Canary

(Serinus canaria) Broad-tailed Hummingbird (Selasphorus platycercus)

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