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Albatross (Laysan)

Diomedea immutabilis
Albatross (Laysan)

Range

They are found mostly on the Hawaiian Islands and other Islands in the Pacific Ocean.

Habitat

They live out on the open ocean and only come on land to breed on the sandy shores.

Body Traits

Though it is only 2 feet long, its wingspan is 6 feet wide. It is all white, except for a black tail and wings and pink legs. It has webbed feet. It has a long orange beak with a black hooked end.

Habits

Laysan Albatross do a mating dance to attract a mate from the big colony that gathers on the Islands to breed. Laysan Albatrosses mate for life.

Diet

They eat squid, fish, fish eggs and krill that they scoop out of the water at night.

Reproduction

The only time albatross come to land is to nest. They gather in big groups (colonies). Females lay one egg in a dent in the sand. Males and females share keeping the eggs warm (incubation).

Albatross (Laysan)

Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Aves
Order: Procellariiformes
Family: Diomedeidae
Genus: Phoebastria
Species: P. immutabilis

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