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Avian Influenza Impacts Marine Birds


ProMed Mail reported on mortality in penguins along the coast of Chile with approximately 22,000 birds having died including 3,000 vulnerable Humboldt penguins. (Spheniscus humboldti)


In a Monday, Octobe 30th posting, Argentina reported mortality in kelp gulls (Larus dominicanus) and South American terns (Sterna hirundinacea).


Avian influenza has made serious inroads into populations of vulnerable and endangered bird species including a colony of Barnacle geese Branta leucopsis) that nest on the Svalbard Peninsula of Norway and overwinter in Scotland