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HONOLULU, Hawai‘i (November 11, 1998 - PIDP/CPIS/Hulsen)---Extending the endangered status for the short-tailed albatross (Phoebastria albatrus) to include the bird's range within the United States has been proposed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Short-tailed albatrosses range across the North Pacific Ocean, including the northwest Hawaiian Islands and the Aleutian Islands chain.

Breeding of the species, which has been reduced to approximately 1,000, is restricted to the remote and volcanic Japanese islands of Torishima and Minami-kojima.

Unconfirmed reports indicate breeding may also have occurred on Midway atoll in the Hawaiian Islands. Two adult birds have occupied separate breeding sites there in recent years, although no eggs have hatched.

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