Amsterdam Albatross  |  

Diomedea amsterdamensis

Status: Endangered on the EPBC Act list

The Amsterdam Albatross is a huge, full-bodied albatross with extremely long wings and a short, wedge-shaped tail. The bill is very large and pink, with a bulbous tip. The subspecies is similar in appearence to the Wandering Albatross with uniform dark brown plumage, and a contrasting clown-like white mask extending from the top of the bill, behind the eyes, around the cheeks and under the chin, and white underwings.

Government evidence of impact of climate change:

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  • IUCN Red List Assessment, Diomedea amsterdamensis

    It has also been suggested that the outbreak of Avian Cholera on Amsterdam Island may have been favoured by the temperature increases in the Indian Ocean during the 1970s (Weimerskirch et al. 2003); and that global warming may be altering host parasite relationships in a way that leads to more frequent or severe disease impacts (Harvell et al. 2002).