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Papasula abbotti (Abbott's Booby)

Synonyms: Sula abbotti

Wikipedia Abstract

Abbott’s Booby (Papasula abbotti) is an endangered seabird of the sulid family, which includes gannets and boobies. It is the largest bird of the family, and is placed within its own monotypic genus. It was first identified from a specimen collected by William Louis Abbott, who discovered it on Assumption Island in 1892. Abbott's Booby breeds only in a few spots on the Australian territory of Christmas Island in the eastern Indian Ocean, although it formerly had a much wider range.
View Wikipedia Record: Papasula abbotti

Endangered Species

Status: Endangered
View IUCN Record: Papasula abbotti

EDGE Analysis

The Abbott’s Booby has a unique breeding biology, behaviour and bone structure that sets it apart from the six other booby species. Once widespread throughout the Indian and Pacific Oceans, this endangered species is now restricted to a breeding colony on Christmas Island, an Australian territory located in the eastern Indian Ocean. Unfortunately, this unique booby is threatened by a large number of factors, not least of which is the yellow crazy ant. This invasive ant species causes havoc with the island’s ecology, killing red crabs that play a key role in soil fertilization and turnover. Much of the booby’s forest habitat has been cleared for the mining of phosphate. The species is also threatened by wind turbulence, marine pollution, overfishing, harvesting and invasive exotic plants.
Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
24
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
76
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 18.6815
EDGE Score: 5.05912
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Attributes

Adult Weight [1]  3.27 lbs (1.48 kg)
Birth Weight [1]  112.2 grams
Clutch Size [2]  1

Ecoregions

Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Use
Christmas and Cocos Islands tropical forests Australia Indo-Malayan Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests    

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Christmas Island National Park II 21698 Christmas Island, Australia

Important Bird Areas

BirdLife Species Factsheet: View Factsheet
Name Location  IBA Criteria   Website   Climate   Land Use 
Christmas Island Christmas Island (to Australia) A1, A4ii, A4iii  

Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE) Sites

Name  Location   Map   Climate   Land Use 
Christmas Island National Park Australia  

Biodiversity Hotspots

Name Location Endemic Species Website
Sundaland Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand Yes

Range Map

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Citations

Species recognized by Peterson A.P., 2011-09-22, in Catalog of Life 2011
Endangered Status provided by IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2 <www.iucnredlist.org> Downloaded on 11 April 2013.
Attributes / relations provided by 1Terje Lislevand, Jordi Figuerola, and Tamás Székely. 2007. Avian body sizes in relation to fecundity, mating system, display behavior, and resource sharing. Ecology 88:1605 2Species Profile and Threats Database, Australian Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 gis.wwfus.org/wildfinder
Biodiversity Hotspots provided by Biodiversity Hotspots, Conservation International
AZE sites provided by Alliance for Zero Extinction (2010). 2010 AZE Update.
Important Bird Areas provided by BirdLife International (2010) Important Bird Areas. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 29/12/2010
Images provided by Google Image Search
Abstract provided by DBpedia licensed under a Creative Commons License
EDGE analysis provided by EDGE of Existence programme, Zoological Society of London
Range map provided by BirdLife International (2011) Bird species distribution maps of the world.
Weather provided by NOAA METAR Data Access