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Black-footed Albatross


IUCN Conservation Status: Vulnerable

The only dark albatross of the northern Pacific Ocean, the Black-footed Albatross nests primarily on the Hawaiian Islands. It wanders widely across the northern Pacific for most of the year, and is regularly seen off the west coast of North America.

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Typical Voice

Adult Description

  • Large seabird; small albatross.
  • Very long, narrow wings.
  • Mostly dusky brown.
  • White at base of bill and under eye. 
  • Large bill.

Immature Description

Similar to adult, but usually with less white at bill base.

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  • Adult

    Black-footed Albatross

    • © 2004 Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Midway Atoll, Pacific Ocean

Similar Species

  • Other adult albatrosses within its range are white.
  • Immature Short-tailed Albatross is also dark overall, but has bright pink bill and feet.

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