The Short-tailed Albatross pair on Midway Atoll fledges its third chick in four years

The Short-tailed Albatross Phoebastria albatrus pair on Eastern Island, part of the USA’s Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge in the North Pacific, has fledged its third chick in four years since commencing egg-laying in the 2010/2011 breeding season.

Other than the female-female pair on Kure Atoll that lay infertile eggs (click here) the Midway birds are the only breeding Short-tails outside islands belonging to Japan (noting that ownership of one locality is disputed).

A Midway Short-tailed Albatross, photograph by Dan Clark 

Click here to access earlier reports in ACAP Latest News on Midway’s now-famous Short-tailed Albatrosses.

John Cooper, ACAP Information Officer, 28 June 2014

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