French: Albatros de Laysan German: Laysanalbatros Spanish: Albatros de Laysan
N Pacific Ocean, breeding in NW Hawaiian Is, mainly on Laysan I and Midway I; small colony recently established in Bonin Is, off SE Japan; recent expansion also in E, in islands off W Mexico (mainly Guadalupe). Extirpated from Wake and Johnston Atolls (W of Hawaii) and Minami Torishima (Japan)#R.
71–81 cm; 2210–2800 g; wingspan 195–215 cm. Adult has cap, hindneck and uppertail-coverts white, rest of upperparts including tail and upperwing dark... read more
Various calls recorded, including a doubled Croak (“eh-eh, eh-eh”), a Sky-groan and a prolonged... read more
Marine and pelagic, rarely approaching land except at colonies. Breeds on oceanic islands with low... read more
Food and feeding
Mostly ommastrephid squid (particularlly Ommastrephes bartrami) in Hawaii, but other types of squid predominate in Mexico,... read more
Annual, with 76% of successful breeders and all surviving failed breeders returning to nest in following season. Season starts Nov, birds... read more
Disperses over much of N Pacific after breeding, mainly between 20º N and 55º N, as far N... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened; previously treated as Vulnerable. World population previously in order of 320,000–360,000 breeding pairs... read more
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