Laysan Albatross Identification

The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    Laysan Albatrosses are very large seabirds (though they are among the smaller albatrosses). They have very long, very narrow wings. The neck is thick and the head is large.

    Relative Size

    Slightly smaller, more slender, and narrower-winged than a Brown Pelican; much larger than a Western Gull.

    Relative Sizegoose or largergoose-sized or larger
    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 31.1-31.9 in (79-81 cm)
      • Weight: 77.6-151.7 oz (2200-4300 g)
      • Wingspan: 76.8-79.9 in (195-203 cm)