- 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.
- The oldest recorded Black-footed Albatross was a male, and at least 42 years, 1 month old, when it was recaptured and rereleased during banding operations.
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.
The North American Waterbird Conservation Plan estimates a population of 148,000 breeding Black-footed Albatross in North America, rates the species a 16 out of 20 on the Continental Concern Score, and lists it as a Species of Highest Concern. Though populations appear stable, these birds are at risk due to fishing practices, sea-level rise, storm surges, and oil pollution of marine waters. Drift nets kill large numbers of Black-footed Albatrosses (4,426 deaths documented in 1990). Black-footed Albatross is on the 2014 State of the Birds Watch List, which lists bird species that are at risk of becoming threatened or endangered without conservation action.