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Status and distribution of wandering, black-browed and grey-headed albatrosses breeding at South Georgia

Poncet, Sally; Robertson, Graham; Phillips, Richard A.; Lawton, Kieran; Phalan, Ben; Trathan, Philip N.; Croxall, John P.. 2006 Status and distribution of wandering, black-browed and grey-headed albatrosses breeding at South Georgia. Polar Biology, 29 (9). 772-781. 10.1007/s00300-006-0114-9

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Abstract/Summary

Long-term studies at Bird Island, South Georgia, show that numbers of wandering, black-browed and grey-headed albatrosses have been decreasing since the late 1970s. To determine the status of the total South Georgia population, all known colonies were censused in 2003/2004 using a combination of yacht-based digital photography and ground counts. The breeding population estimates from this census are 1,553 pairs of wandering albatross, 74,296 pairs of black-browed albatross and 47,674 pairs of grey-headed albatross. A 30% decline since 1984 was recorded for wandering albatross, and comparison of a sample of black-browed and grey-headed albatross colonies on the mainland of South Georgia photo-censused in both 1985/1986 and 2003/2004 indicates similarly substantial population declines. Unless these decreases can be halted or reversed, doubt will exist as to the long-term viability of these species of albatross at South Georgia.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1007/s00300-006-0114-9
Programmes: BAS Programmes > Global Science in the Antarctic Context (2005-2009) > DISCOVERY 2010 - Integrating Southern Ocean Ecosystems into the Earth System
ISSN: 0722-4060
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Additional Keywords: Albatrosses ; Diomedea exulans ; Thalassarche chrysostoma ; Thalassarche melanophrys ; Censuses
NORA Subject Terms: Zoology
Date made live: 31 Aug 2007 13:06
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/99

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