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Abbott's Booby (Papasula abbotti) Recovery Plan

A Dunn and FAR Hill
Environment Australia, September 1997

Note:This publication has been superseded by the National Recovery Plan for the Abbott's Booby Papasula abbotti


OA: Other Agency; TSCS: Threatened Species and Communities Section; PAN: Parks Australia North, Christmas Island.

We would like to thank the following people for assistance during this project. Holger Rumpff, Roger Hart, and Graeme Beech provided assistance while AD was on Christmas Island and made comments on the drafts. Paul Meek, Hugh Yorkston, Peter Green, Barry Reville, David Baker-Gabb, and Stephen Ambrose also commented on drafts.


Australian and New Zealand Environment and Conservation Council 1994. List of Endangered Vertebrates.

Becking, J.H. 1976. Feeding range of Abbott's Booby at the coast of Java. Ibis, 118: 589-590.

Bourne, W.R.P. 1976. Sub-fossil bones of Abbott's Booby on Mascarene Islands. Ibis, 118: 119-123.

Brett, D. 1989. Sea birds in the trees. Ecos, 61: 4-8.

Carew-Reid, J. 1987. Rehabilitation of Mined Clearings on Christmas Island, Indian Ocean. ANPWS unpublished report.

Christidis, L. & W.E. Boles 1994. The Taxonomy and Species of Birds of Australia and its Territories. Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union, Monograph 2. RAOU, Melbourne.

CSIRO 1996. Technical assessment of the Christmas Island Rainforest Rehabilitation Program and review of the strategic and economic factors affecting the management of the Christmas Island Rainforest Rehabilitation Program. Final Report to Parks Australia North.

Garnett, S. 1992. The action plan for Australian Birds. ANPWS, Canberra.

Gibson-Hill, C.A. 1950. Notes on Abbott's Booby. Bull. Raffles Mus. 23: 65-76.

Green, R.E. & G.J.M. Hirons 1991. The relevance of population studies to the conservation of threatened species. In: Perrins, C.M, J.D. Lebreton & G.J.M. Hirons (eds) Bird population studies: relevance to conservation and management. Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Hirons, M.J., D.J. Bellamy & C. Sheppard 1976. Birds of the Chagos Bank. Nature, 260: 387.

ICBP 1981. Endangered Birds of the World: The ICBP Red Data Book. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington.

Jouventin, P. & H. Weimerskirch (1990) Satellite tracking of Wandering Albatrosses. Nature 343: 746-748.

Marchant, S. & P.J. Higgins 1990. Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds. Vol. 1. Oxford University Press, Melbourne.

Meek, P. Ed. In prep. Proceedings of the Scientific Forum on the Protection of Abbott's Booby on Christmas Island. Environment Australia.

Nelson, J.B. 1971. The biology of Abbott's Booby. Ibis, 113: 429-467.

Nelson, J.B. 1972. The biology of seabirds of the Indian ocean Christmas Island. J. Mar. Biol. Ass. India, 14: 643-662.

Nelson, J.B. 1974. The distribution of Abbott's Booby. Ibis, 116: 368-369.

Nelson, J.B. 1978. The Sulidae: Gannets and Boobies. Oxford: OUP.

Nelson, J.B. & D. Powell 1986. The breeding ecology of Abbott's Booby. Emu 86: 33-46.

Olson, S.L. & K.I. Warheit 1988. A new genus for Sula abbotti. Bull. Brit. Orn. Cl. 108: 9-12.

Powell, D. & J. Tranter 1981. The distribution of Abbott's Booby: Christmas Island 1979/80. Unpublished report to the Expert Panel.

Priede, I.G. & S.M. Swift (1992) Wildlife Telemetry: remote monitoring and tracking of animals.

Prince, P.A., A.G. Wood, T. Barton & J.P. Croxall (1992) Satellite tracking of Wandering Albatrosses (Diomedea exulans) in the South Atlantic. Antarctic Science 4: 31-36.

Quinn, W.H., Zopf, D. O., Short, K.S. & Kuo Yang, R.T.W. 1978. Historical trends and statistics of the souther oscilation, El Niņo, and Indonesian droughts. Fishery Bulletin, 76, 663-78.

Rasmusson, E.W. & Carpenter, T.H. 1982. Variations in tropical sea surface temperatures and surface wind fields associated with the southern oscillation/El Niņo. Monthly Weather Review, 110: 354 - 384.

Reville, B.J. Tranter & H. Yorkston. 1987. Monitoring the endangered Abbott's Booby on Christmas Island. 1983-1986. ANPWS Occ. Paper no. 11.

Reville, B.J., J.D. Tranter & H.D. Yorkston. 1990a. Conservation of the Endangered Seabird Abbott's Booby on Christmas Island. 1983-1989. ANPWS Occ. Paper no. 20.

Reville, B., J. Tranter & H. Yorkston. 1990b. Impact of forest clearing on the endangered seabird Papasula abbotti. Biol. Conserv. 51: 23-38.

Senate Standing Committee on Science, Technology and the Environment. 1983. The preservation of Abbott's Booby on Christmas Island. Australian Government Publishing Service, Canberra.

Stoddart, D.R. 1981. Abbott's Booby on Assumption. Atoll Res. Bull., 255: 27-32.

Stokes, T. 1988. A review of the birds of Christmas Island, Indian Ocean. ANPWS Occ. paper no. 16.

Tracey, J.G. 1991. Review of current rehabilitation techniques aimed at revegetation of former mined areas on Christmas Island, Indian Ocean. Unpublished Report to Australian Nature Conservation Agency, Canberra.

van Balen, S. 1996. Note on observations of Abbott's Booby in the Banda Sea. Kukila 8, 145-46.

Vesey-Fitzgerald, D. 1941. Ornithology of the Seychelles Is. Ibis, (14) 5: 518-531.

Yorkston, H.D. 1992. A Review of the Abbott's Booby (Papasula abbotti) Monitoring Program on Christmas Island, Indian Ocean - (1989-1992). Unpubl. report to ANPWS.

Yorkston, H.D. & P.T. Green 1992. The Breeding Distribution and Status of Abbott's Booby (Papasula abbotti) on Christmas Island, Indian Ocean. Unpubl. report to ANPWS.

Yorkston, H.D. & P.T. Green (1997). The Breeding Distribution and Status of Abbott's Booby (Sulidae: Papaula abbotti) on Christmas Island, Indian Ocean. Biol. Conserv. 79, 293-301.