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Vulnerable Virtually restricted to Campbell Island (off SE New Zealand), where c. 8400 pairs breed, while former large colonies on the nearby Auckland Islands have now largely been extirpated by man, pigs, and cats. The Campbell population is apparently stable, but the breeding on a single island makes the species vulnerable to introduced predators and accidental oil-spills, while birds may also become increasingly affected by drowning at baited hooks, as in the other albatrosses.
Items in the ZMA - 3 birds:
ZMA 5547 & 5548 Adults, male & female, summer 1939 & Jun 1938, South Atlantic Ocean north of the Falkland Is., don. Mr. Prins, skins.
[Bill length 184.5 & 183 mm.]
ZMA 5663 Subadult male, plumage stage 2-3, undated [1930s], South Atlantic north of the Falkland Is., leg Mr. Prins, mounted.
[Bill length 184 mm.]
None of the birds belongs to the closely related but smaller-sized taxon D. sanfordi, which breeds on the Otago Peninsula of New Zealand and on the Chatham Is.
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