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Short-tailed Albatross Central

Short-tailed Albatross.  Photo Courtesy Hiroshi Hasegawa

Short-tailed Albatross. Photo Courtesy Hiroshi Hasegawa

Short-tailed albatrosses (Phoebastria albatrus) once numbered in the millions before commercial hunting in the early 20th century nearly drove the species to extinction.  While the population continues to increase, it is still less than 1% of its estimated pre-exploitation population size and breeds on only 2 of the possibly 14 historical sites in the western North Pacific. In the United States, the short-tailed albatross is federally listed as an endangered species throughout its range, and is protected in Japan as a national natural monument.  This website provides an overview of the natural history and population status of short-tailed albatross, as well as current information on their conservation and management.

 

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