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Short-Tailed Albatross (07:38)

Host: Sarah Leon with Greg Balogh

Short-Tailed Albatross (click to view larger)
short-tailed albatross
Photo credit: James Lloyd


Status: Endangered/ Listed on June 2, 1970
Scientific Name: Phoebastria albatrus
Description: Historically, millions of these birds bred in the western North Pacific on several islands south of the main islands of Japan. Only two breeding colonies remain active today: Torishima Island and Minami-kojima Island, Japan. The world population is currently estimated to be about 1200 birds and is increasing.
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Last updated: April 7, 2011