Polar Biology

, Volume 26, Issue 10, pp 687–690 | Cite as

The Evangelistas Islets, Chile: a new breeding site for black-browed albatrosses

  • Javier ArataEmail author
  • Graham Robertson
  • Jose Valencia
  • Kieran Lawton
Original Paper


A previously undescribed population of black-browed albatrosses (Thalassarche melanophrys) is reported at the Evangelistas Islets, Straits of Magellan, Chile. The population was censused from aerial photographs taken on 13 October 2002 that yielded an estimate of the number of breeding pairs. A combined total of 4,670 pairs of black-browed albatrosses were found nesting at Elcano and Lobos Islets, 2 of the 4 islets in the Evangelistas group. This new record raises to four the number of breeding islands of this albatross species in Chile.


Breeding Site Falkland Island Longline Fishery Ocean Entrance Breeding Island 
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We are grateful to Sergeant Luis Muñoz of the Chilean Navy lighthouse detachment for providing us in December 2001 with video-taped evidence of seabirds breeding on Elcano Islet. Comments by Barry Baker and Ed Melvin improved a draft of the manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Javier Arata
    • 1
    Email author
  • Graham Robertson
    • 2
  • Jose Valencia
    • 3
  • Kieran Lawton
    • 2
  1. 1.Instituto de Ecología y Evolución, Casilla 567Universidad Austral de ChileValdiviaChile
  2. 2.Australian Antarctic DivisionKingstonAustralia
  3. 3.Instituto Antártico ChilenoSantiagoChile

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