Black-footed Albatross Phoebastria nigripes


The Black-footed Albatross is a huge, dark seabird that is often found at sea, impressing viewers with its huge wingspan and dynamic soaring.  Strictly a nonbreeding visitor to the Neotropics, the species is encountered frequently at sea off the Pacific Coast of North America south off the Mexican and Central American coasts.  During the breeding season, Black-foots nest almost exclusively in the northwestern Hawaiian islands but also in smaller numbers on islands off of Japan.  They are largely chocolate brown with white facial feathering along the base of the stout grayish pink bill and almost absurdly long wings.  Black-footed Albatross can be found with other seabirds feeding on squid and fish offshore, and routinely follow fishing boats looking for scraps.

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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Black-footed Albatross (Phoebastria nigripes), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: