Known as one of the most faithfully monogamous species, albatrosses are increasingly separating themselves. A Royal Society study attributes this behavior, unusual for these birds, to global warming. The warmer waters and therefore less fish force them to extend their hunting perimeter, making their life more difficult.
Researchers from the Royal Society have studied a wild population of 15,500 breeding pairs of black-browed albatrosses in the Falkland Islands for 15 years. So far, figures have shown only 1 to 3% of separations in these birds. But, according to this new research, this figure has steadily increased in recent years, reaching 8%.