Migratory Bird Program
Conserving the Nature of America
Focal Species

Black-footed Albatross (Phoebastria nigripes)

The Black-footed Albatross (Phoebastria nigripes) has been identified as a focal species of management concern due to a projected 60% decline of the existing population over the next three generations (56 years).

Accidental bycatch in long-line fisheries and illegal drift net operations, particularly in the North Pacific, pose a substantial threat to the long-term survival of this species. Other threats to Black-footed Albatross populations include ingestion of floating plastic debris and pesticides from scavenged food, oil pollution, introduced predators in nesting grounds, and collision with man-made structures.


BirdLife International. 2006. Species Factsheet: Black-footed Albatross Phoebastria nigripes . Downloaded from (http: www.birdlife.org) on 9/6/2006.

Mitchell, C., C. Ogura, D.W. Meadows, A. Kane, L. Strommer, S. Fretz, D. Leonard, and A. McClug. October 2005. Hawaii's Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy. Chapter 7: Species of Greatest Conservation Need - Seabirds: Ka'upu (Black-footed Albatross). Department of Land and Natural Resources. Honolulu, Hawaii.

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.



Black-footed Albatross

Black-footed Albatross

Black-footed Albatross - Photo by John Brooks NOAA

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Last updated: December 1, 2011