Tristan Albatross Diomedea dabbenena


ACAP. 2009. ACAP Species Assessment: Tristan Albatross Diomedea dabbenena. Available at: #

BirdLife International. 2004. Tracking ocean wanderers: the global distribution of albatrosses and petrels. BirdLife International, Cambridge, U.K.

Cooper, J.; Ryan, P. G. 1994. Management plan for the Gough Island Wildlife Reserve. Government of Tristan da Cunha, Edinburgh, Tristan da Cunha.

Croxall, J. P. and Gales, R. 1998. Assessment of the conservation status of albatrosses. In: Robertson, G. and Gales, R. (eds), Albatross biology and conservation, pp. 46-65. Surrey Beatty & Sons, Chipping Norton, Australia.

Cuthbert, R. and Sommer, S. E. 2004. Gough Island bird monitoring manual. RSPB Research Report.

Cuthbert, R. J., P. Visser, H. Louw, Ryan, P. G. 2011b. Palatability and efficacy of rodent baits for eradicating house mice (Mus musculus) from Gough Island, Tristan da Cunha. Wildlife Research 38: 196-203.

Cuthbert, R. J., Visser, P., Louw, H., Rexer-Huber, K., Parker, G. and Ryan, P. G. 2011. Preparations for the eradication of mice from Gough Island: results of bait acceptance trials above ground and around cave systems. In: C.R. Veitch, M.N. Clout, and D.R. Towns (eds), Island invasives: eradication and management, pp. 47-50. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland.

Cuthbert, R.; Hilton, G. 2004. Introduced house mice Mus musculus: a significant predator of threatened and endemic birds on Gough Island, South Atlantic Ocean? Biological Conservation 117: 483-489.

Cuthbert, R.; Hilton, G.; Ryan, P.; Tuck, G.N. 2005. At-sea distribution of breeding Tristan albatrosses Diomedea dabbenena and potential interactions with pelagic longline fishing in the South Atlantic Ocean. Biological Conservation 121: 345-355.

Cuthbert, R.; Ryan, P. G.; Cooper, J.; Hilton, G. 2003. Demography and population trends of the Atlantic Yellow-nosed Albatross. Condor 105: 439-452.

Cuthbert, R.J., Cooper, J., Ryan, P.G. 2014. Population trends and breeding success of albatrosses and giant petrels at Gough Island in the face of at-sea and on-land threats. Antarctic Science 26(2): 163-171.

Davies, D., Dilley, B.J., Bond, A.L., Cuthbert, R.J. and Ryan, P.G. 2015. Trends and tactics of mouse predation on Tristan Albatross Diomedea dabbenena chicks at Gough Island, South Atlantic Ocean. Avian Conservation and Ecology 10(1): 5.

Fraser, M. W.; Ryan, P. G.; Watkins, B. P. 1988. The seabirds of Inaccessible Island, South Atlantic Ocean. Cormorant 16: 7-33.

Jimenez, S., Phillips, R.A., Brazeiro, A., Defeo, O. and Domingo, A. 2014. Bycatch of great albatrosses in pelagic longline fisheries in the southwest Atlantic: contributing factors and implications for management. Biological Conservation 171: 9-20.

McClelland, G. T. W., A. L. Bond, A. Sardana, Glass, T. 2016. Rapid population estimate of a surface-nesting seabird on a remote island using a low-cost unmanned aerial vehicle. Marine Ornithology 44: 215-220.

Neves, T, Vooren, C. M., Bastos, G. 2000. Proportions of Tristan and Wandering Albatrosses in incidental captures off the Brazilian coast. Marine Ornithology 28(2).

Olmos, F.; Bastos, G. C. C.; da Silva Neves, T. 2000. Estimating seabird bycatch in Brazil. Marine Ornithology 28(2).

Parkes, J. 2008. A feasibility study for the eradication of house mice from Gough Island. RSPB Research Report No.34. Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Sandy, UK.

Reid, T. A., R. M. Wanless, G. M. Hilton, R. A. Phillips, P. G. Ryan. 2013. Foraging range and habitat associations of non‑breeding Tristan albatrosses: overlap with fisheries and implications for conservation. Endangered Species Research 22: 39-49.

Ryan, P. 2009. Sign of the times for Tristan Albatrosses. Africa - Birds & Birding 14(3): 12.

Ryan, P. 2013. Tackling mice on Gough. African Birdlife 2(1): 10-11.

Ryan, P. G. 1993. The ecological consequences of an exceptional rainfall event at Gough. South African Journal of Science 89: 309-311.

Ryan, P. G.; Cooper, J.; Glass, J. P. 2001. Population status, breeding biology and conservation of the Tristan Albatross Diomedea [exulans] dabbenena. Bird Conservation International 11: 35-48.

Ryan, P. G.; Dean, W. R. J.; Moloney, C. L.; Watkins, B. P.; Milton, S. J. 1990. New information on seabirds at Inaccessible Island and other islands in the Tristan da Cunha group. Marine Ornithology 18: 43-54.

Tristan da Cunha Government, and Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. 2016. Gough and Inaccessible World Heritage Site Management Plan. April 2015-March 2020. Edinburgh of the Seven Seas, Tristan da Cunha.

Wanless, R. M.; Angel, A.; Cuthbert, R. J.; Hilton, G. M.; Ryan, P. G. 2007. Can predation by invasive mice drive seabird extinctions? Biology Letters 3: 241-244.

Wanless, R. M.; Ryan, P. G.; Altwegg, R.; Angel, A.; Cooper, J.; Cuthbert, R.; Hilton, G. M. 2009. From both sides: dire demographic consequences of carnivorous mice and longlining for the critically endangered Tristan Albatrosses on Gough Island. Biological Conservation 142: 1710-1718.

Further resources

Additional information is available on the distribution of the Tristan Albatross from the Global Procellariiform Tracking Database (

Australian Govt - Action Plan for Australian Birds 2000 - Recovery Outline

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This species has been identified as an Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE) trigger - click here for more information

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Species factsheet: Diomedea dabbenena. Downloaded from on 26/11/2022. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2022) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 26/11/2022.