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2009-02-23 13:49:44

Thanks to a scheme that reduces the number of seabirds that are accidentally killed by the fishing industry, the outlook for the endangered albatross is looking better. Three-quarters of albatross species are at risk of extinction, mostly due to the long lines that are deployed to catch fish like tuna. Initiatives by South Africa show how the lines can be made safer. In 2006, the Albatross Task Force (ATF) project launched, and last year it cut the number of birds killed in South African...

2008-12-29 16:35:00

The critically endangered Tristan Albatross suffered its worst breeding season ever and is threatened by predatory mice, British researchers report. The number of chicks surviving until they are fledglings now is one-fifth what it should be because the mice -- which were introduced into the birds' habitat -- are eating the chicks on Gough Island, a south Atlantic British territory that is the birds' only home, ScienceDaily reported. We've known for a long time that the mice were killing...

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2008-03-07 08:55:00

The first study of how individual wandering albatrosses find food shows that the birds rely heavily on their sense of smell. The birds can pick up a scent from several miles away, U.S. and French researchers have found."This is the first time anyone has looked at the odor-tracking behavior of individual birds in the wild using remote techniques," said Gabrielle Nevitt, professor of neurobiology, physiology and behavior at UC Davis and an author on the study with UC Davis graduate student...

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2008-02-02 16:10:00

Fishing fleets around the world have agreed to new measures to reduce deaths and injuries to albatross and other endangered seabirds that pursue the fleets' baited hooks.  The measures, which take effect this year in Atlantic and Pacific ocean fleets, include the use of streamer lines to drive birds away from boats' sterns as miles of baited hooks, are being set, along with dying bait blue to conceal it in dark water.In their hunt for food that often takes them across international...

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2006-03-06 11:32:40

HONOLULU (AP) - A pack of 10 gooney bird chicks - still fuzzy and flightless - flew into Kauai Friday - on a chartered plane. Japanese researchers are set to raise the wild birds and thus get a leg up on saving their country's own endangered golden gooney. The birds, also known as Laysan albatross, will be held in quarantine for about three days, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The nests of nearly 500,000 gooney birds blanket the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge about...

2005-10-27 18:56:01

By Yereth Rosen ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - With almost all of the world's remaining short-tailed albatrosses breeding on a steep slope of a Japanese volcanic island that is subject to eruptions, mudslides and erosion, an international team of scientists has a proposal to help the endangered birds -- lure them to a safer island. The relocation idea, part of a draft recovery plan released on Thursday by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, involves the use of decoys and recorded...

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2005-07-26 05:50:00

JOHANNESBURG -- "Monster mice" are eating meter-high albatross chicks alive, threatening rare bird species on a remote south Atlantic island seen as the world's most important seabird colony. Conservation groups say the avian massacre is occurring on Gough Island in the South Atlantic, a British territory about 1,600 kms (1,000 miles) southwest of Cape Town and home to more than 10 million birds. "Gough Island hosts an astonishing community of seabirds and this catastrophe could make many...

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2005-01-13 16:43:04

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Gray-headed albatrosses, famed for flocking to the South Georgia Islands near Antarctica to mate and raise chicks, routinely circle the globe between breeding seasons in a restless search for fish, British scientists discovered. For a study appearing this week in the journal Science, researchers for the British Antarctic Survey attached electronic locators to the legs of 22 birds. They provided the first strong evidence of how the graceful south sea fliers spend their time...


Latest Procellariiformes Reference Libraries

Black Petrel, Procellaria parkinsoni
2013-04-21 09:01:42

The Black Petrel (Procellaria parkinsoni) is also called the Parkinson’s Petrel. It is a large, black petrel, the smallest of the Procellaria. This species is an endemic breeder of New Zealand, breeding only on islands off the North Island, on Great Barrier Island and Little Barrier Island. At sea it scatters as far as Australia and Ecuador. It’s a medium-sized, all black petrel except for pale sections on the bill. The wingspan is 110 cm on average. This bird is usually seen in the...

Juan Fernandez Petrel, Pterodroma externa
2013-04-21 08:46:35

The Juan Fernandez Petrel (pterodroma externa) is a species of seabird in the family Procellariidae. It breeds only on one island in Chile, Isla Alejandro Selkirk. The breeding population was estimated at 1,000,000 pairs in 1985 to 1986, and there may be up to 3 to 5 million birds worldwide. It is threatened by predation from introduced species such as cats and rats and, to a lesser extent, habitat loss from introduced herbivores such as goats. The IUCN Red List lists this species as...

Elliot's Storm Petrel, Oceanites gracilis
2012-12-28 13:44:31

Elliot’s Storm Petrel is a species of seabird in the family of storm petrels called Hydrobatidae. It may also be known as the White-vented Storm-petrel. The only two subspecies are; O. g. gracilis which is found in the Humboltd Current off of Peru and Chile, and O. g. galapagoensis which is found in the waters near Galapagos Islands. Its coloring is sooty-black with a white rump. Its legs are long and extend beyond the body when in flight. The tail is square ended and black except for a...

Atlantic Yellow-nosed Albatross, Thalassarche chlororhynchos
2012-12-27 15:26:00

The Atlantic Yellow-nosed Albatross is a member of the albatross family. It is a large sea bird sometimes called a “mollymawk”. It was once thought to be conspecific with the Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross and known as the Yellow-nosed Albatross. Some of the authorities still believe that species are the same, such as Jeff Clements and the SACC, which sees that a proposal is needed. A mollymawk is a type of albatross that belong to the Diomedeidae family and come from the...

Swinhoe's Storm Petrel, Oceanodroma monorhis
2012-12-10 12:17:48

Swinhoe’s Storm Petrel may also be known as Swinhoe’s Petrel. It is a small, all-brown seabird of the storm petrel family of Hydrobatidae. The breeding habitat is islands in the northwest Pacific off China, Japan, and Korea. When they nest, it’s usually in colonies close to the sea in rock crevices and lays a single white egg. They spend the rest of the year at sea, ranging into the Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea. Being a small bird, they are only 18 to 21 centimeters in length, and...

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