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Length 68-74cm. Wingspan 193-213cm
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Distinguished from juvenile Short-tailed Albatross by smaller size, smaller, darker bill and dark legs. Some atypical adults, either aberrant, aged or hybrids between Black-footed and Laysan Albatross D. immutabilis, are much paler, particularly on head and underparts and can resemble immature Short-tailed but always lack the diagnostic upperwing patches of that species.
A North Pacific albatross breeding in the Leeward Chain of Hawaii, in the Marshall Islands and Johnston Island, and Torishima, south of Japan. Disperses widely in the North Pacific above 100N, north to the Bering Sea, west to Taiwan and east to the Pacific coast of North America where this is the only regularly seen albatross and occurs from Alaska south to Baja California. Commonest in summer and autumn but present year-round.
 Diomedea vs. Phoebastria
Genera Phoebastria and Thalassarche formerly placed in the Diomedea, but now considered by virtually all authorities (Clements, Howard & Moore, AOU, BOU, SACC) to be separate genera in light of Nunn et al. (1996) and Penhallurick & Wink (2004).
Present on breeding islands from October until July, otherwise at sea but young birds remain at sea for first 3-4 years. Often follows ships.
Breeds colonially, sometimes with Laysan Albatross. Single white egg laid in a shallow scrape and incubated by both sexes for 65 days. Young fledges at about 6 months.
Squid and fish caught at night, sometimes refuse from ships.
Voice: Bell-like calls when displaying, otherwise harsh screeching and croaking calls.
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