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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...

2009-02-21 09:40:25

Following trends is a lifesaving instinct, at least for birds, and provides clues that can be applied across the animal kingdom. New research from Universit© de Montr©al published in Biology Letters, shows that Herring and Ring-billed gulls not only watch their neighbours "“ they mimic their behaviour to assure their survival. Contrary to previous beliefs, this study suggests that animals don't necessarily act independently and that they cue on reactions from other members of...

2009-01-27 23:30:41

U.S. researchers say Antarctica's emperor penguins could be extinct in parts of the region by the end of the 21st century. Biologists with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution say mathematical models suggest climate change and the resulting loss of sea ice could shrink the large penguin colony in Terre Adelie from 3,000 down to 400 breading pairs before the end of this century. Researchers said sea ice serves as a platform for penguins and as a grazing ground for krill, tiny crustaceans...

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2009-01-27 11:00:00

Immortalized by the blockbuster 2005 movie "March of the Penguins," the emperor penguin is in grave danger of becoming extinct before the end of the century, say Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) researchers. Founded on predictions of melting sea ice from climate change numbers, the penguins will most likely see their figures dive by 95% by 2100. The five researchers, including WHOI biologists Stephanie Jenouvrier and Hal Caswell, took mathematical models to calculate the outcome...

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2009-01-19 08:20:00

Warm, snow-free airstrips in Antarctica have attracted some unwelcome visitors, a group of birds that are now a dangerous threat to planes. Air traffic experts are looking for ways to scare off the south polar skuas, a large and aggressive brown seabird, without harming them. Currently, the birds are protected by the 47-nation Antarctic Treaty, which declares the frozen continent a nature reserve. At the British Rothera research station on the Antarctic Peninsula, about 100 skuas often...

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2009-01-16 13:20:00

British scientists have discovered that the Manx shearwaters make routine "stopovers" during their 12,400-mile migration, most likely to feed and rest. The researchers recovered data using electronic tags that were fitted to six breeding pairs of Puffinus puffinus, small birds weighing about 14 ounces.  The birds were from Skomer Island off the coast of Wales."Every one of the 12 birds made at least one stop during its migration in one place for up to two weeks," Tim Guilford of the...

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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2008-10-30 15:10:00

Rescuers have gone to the relief of African penguin chicks orphaned and in danger of starving to death in colonies around the Western Cape coastline of South Africa. Yesterday, in a mercy mission to Dyer Island, officials rescued an initial 35 chicks and more will likely be collected from the island in the coming days. Dyer Island, situated about eight kilometres (5 miles) offshore from Gansbaai in the Western Cape, is an important breeding colony for about 4,000 African penguins. The rescue...

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2008-10-09 13:10:03

Over half of all colonies of penguins in Antarctica face a decline or total wipe out if the earth's temperature rises by just 2 degrees Celsius, a new report said on Thursday. "The problem is very serious. Antarctica and the Arctic are the most threatened regions from climate change," said Juan Casavelos, WWF's Antarctic Climate Change Coordinator. In the WWF report titled "2 deg C is Too Much" experts said unless nations slash carbon emissions, the world would warm by an average 2 deg C in...

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2008-07-31 11:28:54

About 300 penguins originating from frigid waters are being found washed up on shores closer to the equator than usual, according to Brazilian wildlife authorities. The capital city of Salvador is roughly 600 miles closer to the equator than Miami, and temperatures in the current Southern Hemisphere winter are in the mid-70s. "This is unheard of. There have even been reports of penguins washing up as far as Aracaju," Silva said, referring to a beachside state capital even closer to the...


Latest Seabirds Reference Libraries

Lesser Frigatebird, Fregata ariel
2013-04-23 22:58:32

The Lesser Frigatebird (Fregata ariel) is a species of frigate bird. In nests in Australia, along with other locations. There is a single recording from the Western Palearctic, from Eilat in the Gulf of Aqaba. The Lesser Frigatebird or Least Frigatebird is said to be the most common and widespread frigate bird in the Australian seas. It’s common in tropical seas breeding on isolated islands, including Christmas Island located in the Indian Ocean in recent years. These birds are most...

Magnificent Frigatebird, Fregata magnificens
2013-04-23 14:48:18

The Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens) was occasionally previously known as Man O’War or man of War, a reflection of its rakish lines, aerial piracy of other birds, and speed. It’s widespread in the tropical Atlantic, breeding colonially in the trees in Florida, the Caribbean and the Cape Verde Islands. In addition, it breeds along the Pacific coast of the Americas from Mexico to Ecuador including the Galapagos Islands, as well. It is known as a vagrant as far from its...

Tristram’s Storm Petrel, Oceanodroma tristrami
2013-04-22 14:33:05

The Tristram’s Storm Petrel (Oceanodroma tristrami) is a species of seabird in the family of storm-petrels called Hydrobatidae. The species’ specific and common name comes from the English clergyman Henry Baker Tristram, the species can also be known as the Sooty Storm-petrel. The Tristram’s Storm Petrel is distribution across the North Pacific Ocean; mainly in tropical seas. This storm-petrel has long angular wings and is 24 cm long. The plumage is dark all over with a slightly pale...

Buller’s Shearwater, Puffinus bulleri
2013-04-21 09:09:37

The Buller’s Shearwater (puffinus bulleri) is a Pacific species of seabird in the Procellariidae family; it is also known as the Grey-backed Shearwater or New Zealand Shearwater. It is a member of the black-billed wedge-tailed Thyellodroma group, among the bigger shearwaters of the proposed genus Ardenna; it creates a superspecies with the Wedge-tailed Shearwater. The adult birds are 46 to 47 cm in length, with a 97 to 99 cm wingspan, and they have been recorded to weigh 342 to 435g. The...

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...

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