Amsterdam Albatross

The Amsterdam Albatross or Amsterdam Island Albatross, Diomedea amsterdamensis, is a huge albatross which breeds only on Amsterdam Island in the southern Indian Ocean. It was only described in 1983, and was thought by some researchers to be a sub-species of the Wandering Albatross, exulans. BirdLife International recognizes it as a species, Clements does not, and the SACC has a proposal on the table to split the species. More recently, mitchondrial DNA comparisons between the Amsterdam Albatross, the Wandering Albatross Diomedea exulans, the Antipodean Albatross D. antipodensis and the Tristan Albatross D. dabbenena, provide clear genetic evidence that the Amsterdam Albatross is a separate species.

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Amsterdam Albatross - Conservation
... The Amsterdam Albatross is listed as critically endangered, by the IUCN, with an occurrence range of 4,400,000 km2 (1,700,000 sq mi) and a breeding range of ... The island on which this albatross breeds has undergone a significant decline in habitat condition due to the introduction of feral cats and cattle, while the birds are threatened at sea by ...

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