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Laysan Albatross Phoebastria immutabilis

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The Laysan Albatross is a highly nomadic wanderer of the Pacific Ocean in the Northern Hemisphere, only coming to land to nest on small oceanic islands. Nesting sites for the Laysan Albatross include Laysan and Midway Islands, Bonin Island off the coast of Japan and on Guadalupe and Revillagigedo Islands off the coast of western Mexico. The Laysan Albatross is a large bird with a wingspan upwards of 200cm, the upperwings, mantle and back are blackish-gray while the underbody is white with narrow blackish margins on the wings. Starting in November, these albatrosses gather at breeding locations and form large colonies, with young taking an average of 165 days to fledge and leave the breeding island. Laysan Albatrosses feed on squid, fish crustaceans and coelenterates. Formerly hunted by feather and egg collectors, populations of this beautiful bird have rebounded in response to conservation measures. These birds are still at risk from introduced nest predators and entanglement in fishing gear.

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

Recommended Citation

Laysan Albatross (Phoebastria immutabilis), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/layalb