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Laysan Albatross
Laysan Albatross photo

Laysan Albatross (Photo: Susan Kaveggia/IBRRC)

Common name:

Laysan Albatross

Latin name:

Phoebastria immutabilis

Family:

Diomedeidae

Length:

32"

Wing span:

78"

Weight:

6.6 lb (3,000 g)

Habitat:

Open ocean

Notes:

Primarily nocturnal feeders, Laysans will travel long distances for food. Nests on Midway Atoll some 3,000 miles west of San Francisco. Among the longest living bird species. Feeds on anything that floats on the surface of the water; squid, fish, crustaceans and flying fish eggs. See: Munch, famous gooney birds

Links:

National Geographic: Wings of the Albatross

Laysan Albatrosses: Midway Atoll
Save the albatross
Midway atoll polution affects birds

 

Birds in Focus

List of species treated

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Source: The Sibley Guide to Birds, Knopf © 2000-2003  

 

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