- 25.2–29.1 in
- 76–85 in
- 77.6–151.7 oz
- Albatros à pattes noires (French)
- Albatros pies negros (Spanish)
- The Black-footed Albatross has a keen sense of smell, which it uses to locate food across vast expanses of ocean.
- The Black-footed Albatross drinks seawater and excretes excess salt through glands above the eyes.
- The Black-footed Albatross has a number of apparent adaptations to stay cool at hot, exposed nest sites. These include an extensive network of blood vessels in the head, as well as a habit of raising the feet off the ground.
Nests in sandy areas on islands. Spends nonbreeding season on open ocean.
Mostly flying fish eggs; also squid, adult flying fish, and crustaceans, as well as scraps thrown from ships.
- Clutch Size
- 1 eggs
- Egg Description
- White, with brown speckling at the larger end.
- Condition at Hatching
- Downy and helpless, eyes open.
Nest is a scrape in the sand.
Pair bond is formed and maintained through various displays, including bill-touching and head-shaking.Feeds while swimming on the surface.
Drift nets kill large numbers of Black-footed Albatrosses (4,426 deaths documented in 1990). Also vulnerable to oil pollution of marine waters. This species is on the 2014 State of the Birds Watch List, which lists species most in danger of extinction without significant conservation action.
- Whittow, G. Causey. 1993. Black-footed Albatross (Diomedea nigripes). In The Birds of North America, No. 65 (A. Poole and F. Gill, Eds.). Philadelphia: The Academy of Natural Sciences; Washington, D.C.: The American Ornithologists' Union.