Robson B.,Royal Society for the Protection of Birds |
Glass T.,Government of Tristan da Cunha |
Glass N.,Government of Tristan da Cunha |
Glass J.,Government of Tristan da Cunha |
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Bird Conservation International | Year: 2011
Around 80% of the world population of Northern Rockhopper Penguin Eudyptes moseleyi is found at Tristan da Cunha and Gough Island in the South Atlantic Ocean, where populations appear to be declining. However, numbers of birds at Middle Island, a small satellite island of Nightingale Island at Tristan Cunha, have not been counted since 1973 when an estimated 100,000 pairs were recorded. Updated population counts were obtained for all four islands at Tristan da Cunha (Tristan, Inaccessible, Nightingale and Middle islands) in 2009 providing a census of the whole island group and the first repeat count of Middle Island. Estimated breeding numbers at these four islands were Tristan 6,700 pairs, Inaccessible 54,000 pairs, Nightingale 25,000 pairs and 83,000 pairs at Middle Island. These counts confirm that Tristan da Cunha is a vitally important site for this 'Endangered' species holding over 65% of the global population and that breeding number have been relatively stable over the last 30 years. © 2011 BirdLife International.