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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 a large booby, smaller than gannets, 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.
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) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 18.6815
EDGE Score: 5.05912
View EDGE Record: Papasula abbotti


Adult Weight [1]  3.267 lbs (1.482 kg)
Birth Weight [1]  112.2 grams
Diet [2]  Carnivore (Invertebrates), Piscivore
Diet - Fish [2]  50 %
Diet - Invertibrates [2]  50 %
Forages - Underwater [2]  100 %
Clutch Size [3]  1


Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
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

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

Prey / Diet

Range Map


External References



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
2Hamish Wilman, Jonathan Belmaker, Jennifer Simpson, Carolina de la Rosa, Marcelo M. Rivadeneira, and Walter Jetz. 2014. EltonTraits 1.0: Species-level foraging attributes of the world's birds and mammals. Ecology 95:2027
3Species Profile and Threats Database, Australian Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
4Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
Biodiversity Hotspots provided by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
AZE sites provided by Alliance for Zero Extinction (2010). 2010 AZE Update.
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