Wandering Albatross Diomedea exulans

Family: Diomedeidae (Albatrosses)

Authority: Linnaeus, 1758

Red List Category

Criteria: A4bd

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Justification of Red List category
Overall past and predicted future declines amount to a rapid population reduction over a period of three generations, qualifying the species as Vulnerable. At South Georgia, this species is undergoing a rapid decline over three generations (70 years). On the Crozet and Kerguelen Islands, the populations rapidly declined between 1970-1986, then stabilised, but have recently declined again. Longline fishing is believed to be a main cause of decline in this species, causing reductions in adult survival and juvenile recruitment, and this threat is ongoing.

Population size: 20100

Population trend: Decreasing

Distribution size (breeding/resident): 128,000,000 km2

Country endemic: No

Land-mass type - oceanic island
Realm - Afrotropical
Realm - Neotropical
Realm - Oceanic
IUCN Ecosystem -- Marine biome
IUCN Ecosystem -- Terrestrial biome

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2017) Species factsheet: Diomedea exulans. Downloaded from on 28/04/2017. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2017) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 28/04/2017.