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Black-footed Albatross - Phoebastria nigripes

Black-footed Albatross
Characteristics

Range
Habitat
Diet
Life Cycle
Behavior

 Classification

 Phylum: Chordata
 Class: Aves
 Order: Ciconiiformes  
 Family: Procellariidae
 Genus: Phoebastria


Black-footed Albatross
ICUN Redlist - World Status: Near Threatened Near Threatened
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  Characteristics
Black-footed AlbatrossThe black-footed albatross is between two and three feet long with a wingspan of up to seven feet. It has brown to black feathers with white around its eyes and bill. It has a large brown bill with a curved tip and black feet. Males are larger than females.

  Range

mapThe black-footed albatross breeds on islands in the mid-Pacific Ocean. Non-breeding albatrosses can be found along the Pacific coast of North America.

 

 

  Habitat
The black-footed albatross can be found on open ocean waters and ocean islands.
  Diet
In the summer the black-footed albatross often follows fishing boats to feed on the waste. Its diet is made up of mostly fish, fish eggs and squid. It scoops up its food from the surface of the ocean. It catches most of its food at night.
  Life Cycle

Black-footed AlbatrossMating season runs from November through February. Females and males do a mating ritual that involves twining their necks together and flapping their wings.

Black-footed AlbatrossFemales lay one egg in a shallow depression in the ground. The black-footed albatross nests on islands in colonies. Both the male and the female incubate the egg and feed the chick regurgitated food. Once a chick leaves the nest, it won't return to its breeding island for five or six years, when it is fully mature. The black-footed albatross mates for life.

  Behavior
The black-footed  albatross will scare other predators away from its food by spreading its wings and screaming at it.

For more information about the albatross, visit the Albatross Project at Wake Forest University.








 



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