Our Neighborhood's Biodiversity Map

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South America
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Shared by : Aaditya Singh (Austria)
Habitat : South America- Ecuador- Southern coast of Española Island in Galápagos Islands
Status : Critically Endangered (Previously considered Near Threatened)
About
Medium sized Sea birds.
Yellowish-cream neck and head, which contrasts with their mostly brownish bodies.
Very long, bright yellow bill, which looks disproportionately large in comparison to the relatively small head and long, slender neck.
Spectacular flyers- can fly for hours without stalling by dynamic soaring.
Primary food sources are fish, squid, and crustaceans, as well as smaller birds.
Often feeds primarily at night, due to nocturnal habits of squids.
Nests are built on areas of lava with boulders and sparse vegetation, or thick brush.
Threats
Intentional harvesting for human consumption and incidental by-catch.
Nest-predation by rats and cats, as well as the illegal collection of eggs and young.
Extremely small breeding range, essentially confined to one island.
Ingestion of plastic, monofilament line and discarded net at-sea.
Efforts
Protection of key marine biodiversity areas within the Galápagos Marine Reserve by amending the existing marine zoning scheme to reduce the impact from fishing.
Long-term monitoring and research to determine changes in survival and reproduction, and investigating the relative importance of potential threats.

Photo & Reference
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Waved_Albatross_(Phoebastria_irrorata)_-Espanola_-Punta_Suarez3.jpg
http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/22698320/0
https://www.hbw.com/species/waved-albatross-phoebastria-irrorata
http://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Phoebastria_irrorata/
https://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Phoebastria_irrorata/#physical_description
https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/wavalb/overview
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waved_albatross

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