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Adult Black-footed Albatross are large seabirds though small compared with other albatross species. They are very long with narrow wings, mostly dusky brown, white at the base of their bill and under eye, and have a large bill. Juveniles are similar to adults, but usually have less white at the bill base.

References cited in Species Profile

  • Awkerman, Jill A., David J. Anderson and G. Causey Whittow. 2008. Black-footed Albatross (Phoebastria nigripes), The Birds of North America Online (A. Poole, Ed.). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; Retrieved from the Birds of North America Online: http://bna.birds.cornell.edu/bna/species/065
  • Cornell Lab of Ornithology. 2015. Black-footed Albatross. All About Birds. http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Black-footed_Albatross/id
  • Fisher, H. I. 1972. Sympatry of Laysan and Black-footed albatrosses. Auk 89:381-402.
  • Government of Canada. 2015. COSEWIC Assessment and Status Report on the Black-footed Albatross (Phoebastria nigripes) in Canada. https://www.registrelep-sararegistry.gc.ca/default.asp?lang=En&n=8D0E0784-1&offset=4&toc=show
  • Harrison, C. S. 1990. Seabirds of Hawaii Natural History and Conservation. Cornell University Press, Ithaca.
  • Rice, D. W. and K. W. Kenyon. 1962a. Breeding distribution, history and populations of North Pacific albatrosses. Auk 79:365-386.
  • Tickell, W. L. N. 2000. Albatrosses. Yale University Press, New Haven.

Scientific Name

Phoebastria nigripes
Common Name
Black-footed Albatross
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