Tristan Albatross

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Appearance and Diet

The tristan albatross is a very large species of bird with a white body and black wings, not conspicuous among other albatrosses. One of its unusual characteristics is its size and its breeding duration. It is a carnivore, and its diet mainly comprises of cephalopods and fish, in which it finds in the water by surface-seizing. The tristan albatrosses' predators are mice and rats that demolish its chicks. This is one of the factors that led to its [Critically Endangered] status. (IUCN Redlist)

Habitat and Adaptations

The tristan albatross's wings are very long and well adapted for gliding in airs. Its habitat locations are northern Antarctica, Angola, Argentina, Brazil, Namibia, Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, South Africa, and Uruguay. The terrain it settles in is nearby the ocean, and the climate is tropical or chilly. (ARKive and IUCN Redlist)

Endangerment

The tristan albatross (diomedea dabbenena) has been listed as "Critically Endangered" (IUCN Redlist) as of 2011, and that is close to being extinct. It has two major threats: rats are one because they prey on the chicks of the albatross, and its breeding rate is very slow, making the population trend decrease very fast. Another major threat is longliners and their fisheries. Luckily, some organizations send people to investigate rat predation on the chicks to see what they can do to the rats. Tristan albatrosses have been marked with plastic leg rings so longliners can identify them. By donating money to save these birds, one can win exclusive prizes such as Apple products or large money amounts. By considering these birds as "irrelevant", they will become extinct. (IUCN Redlist)