Falkland (Malvinas) islands: rare subantarctic birds


Striated caracaras

From BirdLife:

The Falkland Islands are a remote sub-Antarctic archipelago in the South Atlantic particularly significant for their bird life.

They are home to vast colonies of breeding seabirds, including albatross and penguins.

They contain two endemic birds, found nowhere else in the world—Cobb’s Wren Troglodytes cobbi (Vulnerable) and the Falkland Steamerduck Tachyeres brachypterus.

There are 13 Falkland races, or sub-species, and a number of other birds with their stronghold in the Islands—in particular the Striated Caracara Phalcoboenus australis (Near Threatened).

Patagonian toothfish fishery: here.

First nest of Red-throated Caracara in Central America for 50 years: here.

3 thoughts on “Falkland (Malvinas) islands: rare subantarctic birds

  1. Plan of action for Cobb’s Wren – Falklands Conservation (BirdLife in the Falklands) and the Falkland Islands Government have produced a Species Action Plan to protect Cobb’s Wren Troglodytes cobbi, endemic to the Falkland Islands (Malvinas). Cobb’s Wren (Vulnerable) is found only on offshore islands that are free of introduced rodents, cats and foxes. Two major threats influence its ability to survive long-term – further introductions of invasive species, and a shortage of detailed information about its biology and habitat requirements to guide appropriate management. The plan sets out focused and prioritised actions to ensure that the current island populations have a maximum chance of survival, of increasing their existing range and reducing their vulnerability. To download a copy click here (PDF 384 KB).

    http://www.birdlife.org/news/news/2009/04/news_byte_9.html

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