Antarctic albatross displays shift in breeding habits

A new study of the wandering albatross - one of the largest birds on Earth - has shown that some of the birds are breeding earlier in the season compared with 30 years ago. Reporting online this month (April) in the journal Oikos, a British team of scientists describe how they studied the breeding habits of the wandering albatross on the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia. They have discovered that because some birds are now laying their eggs earlier, the laying date for the population is an average of 2.2 days earlier than before. The researchers say the reasons for this change are unclear. Lead author Dr Sue Lewis at the University of Edinburgh's School of Biological Sciences said, "Our results are surprising. Every year we can determine when the birds return to the island after migration, and the exact day they lay their egg. We knew that some birds were laying earlier - those who were older or had recently changed partner - but now we see that those which haven't bred successfully in the past are also

Antarctic albatross displays shift in breeding habits

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Giant Albatross Breeds Earlier in Season

The wandering albatross, among the largest birds on the planet, is breeding earlier in the year compared with 30 years ago.

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Study: Albatross changing breeding habits

LONDON, April 30 (UPI) -- The breeding habits of the wandering albatross, one of the Earth's largest birds, have changed with earlier egg-laying than ever, British researchers say.

Mon 30 Apr 12 from UPI

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