Waterbird conservation for the Americas: The North American waterbird conservation plan, version 1. The birds nest on open, grassy or sandy expanses of islands—particularly Midway Atoll and Laysan Island (which together account for about 94 percent of breeding pairs), other small Hawaiian Islands, the larger islands of Kauai and Oahu, and a few sites off Mexico and Japan. Get Instant ID help for 650+ North American birds. (2014). Laysan Albatross Short-Tailed Albatross Black-Footed Albatross What is an albatross? Laysan Albatross. [4] This species does not have a breeding plumage.[6]. The Cornell Lab will send you updates about birds, birding, and opportunities to help bird conservation. This has been observed in the colony on the Hawaiian island Oahu, where the sex ratio of male to female is 2 to 3 and 31% of all pairs are between females. Laysan albatross that breed on the Hawaiian islands undergo long-distance feeding migrations in the waters north of the islands. Laysan Albatross (Moli). Thanks to this research, it has been determined that they do not make trips or annual migration , but they do disperse after the breeding season. Occasionally, the birds form same-sex pairs consisting of two females. This bird is known to breed in only sixteen locations. “She's back! Small populations are found on the Bonin Islands near Japan and the bird has begun to colonize islands off Mexico, such as Guadalupe Island[4] and others in the Revillagigedo Archipelago. When away from the breeding areas, they range widely from Japan to the Bering Sea and south to 15°N. (Photograph courtesy of the U.S. The albatrosses are a group of large to very large birds; they are the largest of the procellariiformes. July Albatross … It can be distinguished from the very rare short-tailed albatross by its all-dark back and smaller size. Fish and Wildlife Service.) However drift nets and long-line fisheries kill thousands of birds each year. During breeding, reproductive constraints play a major role in the distribution and behavior of central place foragers, such as pelagic seabirds. In 2005, it was found that a grey-headed albatross had flown 13,670 miles around the world in the Southern Hemisphere in 46 days. More immediate threats include introduced predators such as dogs, cats, rats, and mongoose; lead poisoning from paint chips on Midway, the largest single colony; bycatch in fisheries; and ingestion of plastics. Wisdom, a mōlī (Laysan Albatross) and the world’s oldest known, banded wild bird has returned to Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and Battle of Midway National Memorial. [5] When away from the breeding areas, they range widely from Japan to the Bering Sea and south to 15°N. A Laysan Albatross taking flight. They return to the colony beginning in November, where they perform elaborate courtship displays. Laysan Albatross Black-Footed Albatross What is an albatross? Beginning in the mid-twentieth century, albatrosses colonized Kauai and Oahu, and in 1983 they began nesting in small colonies on Mexican islands including Guadalupe Island. These migration routes have emerged over thousands of years of adaptation. This small (for its family) gull-like albatross is the second-most common seabird in the Hawaiian Islands, with an estimated population of 2.5 million birds, and is currently expanding (or possibly re-expanding) its range to new islands. (2014). Thirty-one per cent of Laysan albatross pairs on Oahu were female-female, and the overall sex ratio was 59% females as a result of female-biased immigration. Condor 63:304-312. It drinks seawater and excretes excess salt through glands above the eyes. It's also one of the better ongoing bird stories in California. Migration Status. The Laysan albatross has an occurrence range of 38,800,000 km2 (15,000,000 sq mi) and a breeding range of 3,500 km2 (1,400 sq mi) with a population of 1,180,000 mature birds estimated in 2006. BMC Evolutionary Biology 14:135. [16][17] The longest lifespan confirmed for a wild seabird was for a breeding male found to have been banded 53 years previously. Migration Maps Laysan albatross movement tracks. Wisdom, a Laysan albatross and the oldest known banded bird in the wild, with one of her chicks named Kūkini. Many endemic species, particularly those on remote islands, have been driven to extinction or near extinction by anthropogenic influences. [24] The northwestern Hawaiian Islands have suffered a 32% reduction in breeders from 1992 to 2002. Other albatross are thought to match or maybe even exceed this record, but few confirmations of very old albatrosses exist. The Laysan albatross and the black-footed albatross have been known to hybridize. The Laysan albatross, a magnificent bird with an almost 7-foot wingspan known for its incredible capacity to stay at sea for up to five years without ever touching land. US Fisch- und Wild Beamten haben eine 60-jährige Laysan-Albatros (Gooney Bird) im Februar fand offenbar überraschte sie Langlebigkeit. Juveniles have a gray bill and a dark upper rump. Scientists used to think the life span of the Laysan albatross was 12 to 40 years, but they now know these seabirds can live much longer and nest successfully for many years, since Wisdom has raised chicks into her 60s. Courtship entails especially elaborate 'dances' that have up to 25 ritualized movements. Dynamic soaring, stays aloft for hours with little flapping of wings. Wisdom was first spotted at her nest sit on Sunday, November 29. An extensive multimedia section displays the latest photos, videos and audio … Albatrosses(Order: Procellariiformes, Family:Diomedeidae). After 140-150 days on the island, the chick heads out to sea. Laysan Albatross rates a 15 out of 20 on the Continental Concern Score. In some places, big headed ants are a threat to young albatross chicks. Experiments with certain fishes and mammals have demonstrated similar homing ability. This is causing shockingly high lead concentrations in their blood, leading to severe neurological disorders, and eventual death," said George Fenwick, president of American Bird Conservancy. [5][6] Like all albatrosses, the Laysan albatross is known to be a long-living bird. Adults with chicks to feed take foraging trips that last up to 17 days and travel 1,600 miles away from their nest (straight-line distance). Feral cats are known to prey on nesting birds and chicks on some of the more newly colonized islands. The Laysan (far left), black-footed and the endangered short-tailed albatross face windward. The Northwestern Hawaiian Islands are home to 99.7% of the population. It breeds mainly on atolls in the Hawaiian Archipelago during the northern winter, and spends the non-breeding months of July-November in the North Pacific Ocean. World's 'Oldest' Bird Has Another Chick", "America's oldest wild bird is a new mom", "Successful same-sex pairing in Laysan albatross", "World's oldest wild bird returns to shore to lay egg at age of 64", "Oldest Known Wild Bird Hatches Chick at 62", "At 63 years old, Wisdom the Laysan albatross hatches another chick", "Laysan Albatross - BirdLife Species Factsheet", "Systema Naturae 2000 / Classification - Diomedea subg. Wisdom and her mate are taking … On larger islands such as Kauai, Hawaii, the birds nest more often on grass or under trees and build the nest rim from leaf litter, ironwood needles, and twigs. 99.7% of the population of Laysan albatross breed on the northern Hawaiian islands. Awkerman, Jill A., David J. Anderson and G. Causey Whittow. Kushlan, J. Most of the squids that we identified were species that live only in deep water, but after mating the females die and float to the surface. This migratory shorebird breeds in western Alaska and Siberia and winters on islands across the Pacific Ocean, through southeast Asia, to northeastern Africa. Laysan Albatross: Large seabird with dark brown back, white head, neck and rump, dark eye patch. By rotating around, she forms a circular depression, then gives the nest a low rim by assembling twigs, leaves, and sand picked up from the immediate area around the nest. Laysan albatrosses are colonial, nesting on scattered small islands and atolls, often in huge numbers, and building different styles of nests depending on the surroundings, ranging from simple scoops in the sand[11] to nests using vegetation. It can take up to a decade for a young albatross to successfully reproduce: 1-year-olds usually don’t return to the colony at all; 3- and 4-year-olds return to attempt breeding but usually are not successful until they are 9 or 10. [25][26] However, the last three years have had a rebound that stabilized the period between 1992 and 2005. The albatrosses are a group of large to very large birds; they are the largest of the procellariiformes. Phoebastria -", "Lead Paint Killing Birds in New Marine National Monument", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Laysan_albatross&oldid=958679564, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 25 May 2020, at 04:39. The Laysan albatross, which has a natural range stretching across the entire Pacific, is a near-threatened species with some 1.6 million mature individuals still remaining in the wild. They undertake no annual migration, but disperse widely after breeding—Southern Hemisphere species often undertake circumpolar trips. Bill is thick and yellow with gray hooked tip. Wings dark brown above and white below, with irregular brown-black borders, dark brown-black with white coverts, and pink legs and feet. These include coordinated movements in which the birds touch bills, spread one or both wings, bob their heads, place their bill under one wing, and pause with their bill pointed at the sky. Wisdom was first spotted at her nest sit on Sunday, November 29. The Mexican population has been increasing since its inception.[4]. Non-breeders may wander anywhere in North Pacific at any season. Credit: Bettina Arrigoni. In the early twentieth century hundreds of thousands of Laysan Albatrosses were hunted each year for their feathers. My role on Midway sometimes consists of walking through various areas, stopping and then sitting down to do some work. Adult green turtles migrate from foraging grounds throughout the Hawaiian Islands to breeding grounds. Wings dark brown above and white below, with irregular brown-black borders, dark brown-black with white coverts, and pink legs and feet. The population of the Laysan Albatross is estimated to be around 400,000 pairs. Environmental News Service (12 December 2006), Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, "Oh, Mama! initiating migration and lastingc. The wandering albatross (D. exulans) has the largest wingspread among living birds—to more than 340 cm (11 feet). All but 0.3% of the breeding population is found among the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, particularly the islands of Midway and Laysan. Breeding performance of Laysan Albatrosses Phoebastria immutabilis in a foster parent program. The bill is large, strong and sharp-edged, the upper mandible terminating in a large hook. A wide variety of marine mammals is also possible, such as Dall’s porpoise, humpback whale, or northern fur-seal. Kuaokala GMA is ,6 km east of Kaena Point NAR at 350 m elevation in the northern Waianae Mountains (21u 569 N, 158u 239 W) and is the highest Laysan Albatross colony in the world. The Laysan albatross is usually easy to identify. On the ground these big birds walk ponderously and usually have to run along the ground, into the wind, to be able to take off. Known mostly for living on the uninhabited (by humans) Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, in the past couple decades, a small amount of Laysan Albatross have used their six-foot wingspan and migrated southeast to try out the Garden Island as a new nesting area. Washington, DC, USA. It is named for Laysan, one of its breeding colonies in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. In the past, harvesting for feathers was a major threat, along with high-seas drift net, but both of these have ceased, barring some small-scale illegal drift net operations. Habitat of Laysan Albatross. Longline fishing, in which ships tow many miles of line with baited hooks, still catches and kills thousands of albatrosses. Photographer Frans Lanting talks of his epic journey to capture images of the albatross, a hauntingly beautiful bird enshrined in legend and poetry. Two Albatross, silently speaking a language of their own. [14] Both birds incubate the egg; the male does so first. [1] The IUCN now classifies the Laysan albatross as near threatened. ABSTRACT. The 95 federally owned government buildings would need to be stripped of all lead-based paint and sand areas surrounding these old buildings thoroughly sifted to remove lead paint chips. Absolute legend. Lutmerding, J. The oceans contain enormous amounts of floating plastic debris, which adults often pick up and feed to their chicks. The largest known colony of this bird species is at Midway Atoll. [4] They have a protracted breeding cycle, and breed annually, although some birds skip years. On sandy islands such as Midway and Laysan, the female lies in the sand and scrapes out a hollow with her feet. Migration. Sexes similar. dispersal, or migration. Bill is thick and yellow with gray hooked tip. Since the early 2000s, U.S. (Hawaii and Alaska) longliners have adopted fairly successful solutions to bycatch, but other nations’ longline fisheries have not. Washington: September Migration in the Pacific Northwest, Page 2 This tour is timed to coincide with this major pulse of migration, offering an excellent opportunity to take in a diversity of seabirds and shorebirds in particular. Migration of Laysan Albatross. The Department of the Interior (DOI) estimates that $22.9 million are needed to clean up the toxic lead paint on Midway Atoll. These species live in the regions of North Pacific Ocean and the Bering Sea in the periods when they are not mating. The IUCN has classified the Laysan albatross as vulnerable due to drastic reductions in populations, but the population may be rebounding. Wisdom, a moli (Laysan albatross) and world’s oldest known, banded wild bird has returned to Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and Battle of Midway National Memorial. This time investment by the parents may explain the long courtship; both parents want to be sure the other is serious. Mar Ornithol, 42, pp.99-103. Wisdom, a mōlī (Laysan albatross) and the world's oldest known, banded bird in the wild has returned to Midway Atoll. We examined a total of 49 mostly intact embryos aged between days (6day) 12 and 32 post-oviposition (see Table 1). Dynamic soaring, stays aloft for hours with little flapping of wings. Here we … Back to top, Laysan Albatrosses eat mainly squid as well as fish eggs, crustaceans, floating carrion, and some discards from fishing boats. Females return to the same beaches where they were born every 2-4 years to lay eggs, generally in the summer months. The waters close in are good … "Laysan chicks raised in nests close to 90 buildings left behind by the Navy are ingesting lead-based paint chips. [12] This phenomenon has been useful to conservation efforts in the Hawaiian Islands, where researchers have successfully swapped unfertilized eggs from female-female pairs with fertile eggs translocated from pairs nesting on military airfields and in other unsafe nesting areas. This is also due to their behaviour. The Laysan albatross has a wide range across the North Pacific, with 16 nesting sites. We examined the foraging behavior and marine habitat selection of ... Laysan and black-footed albatross populations if preferred habitats become more distant from the colony during crit-ical portions of the breeding season. In total population, this species is much more numerous than Black-footed Albatross. Thus it became an even bigger challenge. This bill is composed of several horny plates, and along the sides are the two "tubes", long nostrils that give the order its name… It is uncommon in North America, found breeding in Alaska, and migrating and wintering in small numbers along the Pacific Coast. (2019). They often breed in colonies alongside Black-footed Albatrosses. Pairs tend to form lasting bonds. The bill is large, strong and sharp-edged, the upper mandible terminating in a large hook. [5] Males, which weigh 2.4 to 4.1 kg (5.3–9.0 lb), are larger than females, which weigh 1.9 to 3.6 kg (4.2–7.9 lb). Current threats today are the longline fisheries. Migration of Laysan Albatross These species do not really have a specific migration period. Wisdom, a moli (Laysan albatross) and world’s oldest known, banded wild bird has returned to Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and Battle of Midway National Memorial. The Sibley Guide to Birds, second edition. In this Oct. 15, 2019, photo, a Laysan duck, which is endemic to Hawaii and one of the rarest birds in the world, swims in a pond on Midway Atoll in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Back to top. Because Laysan albatrosses cannot breed until they are five years old, as of 2016, Wisdom was estimated to be at least 66 years old.[9][10]. Back to top. Wisdom, a female Laysan albatross, is at least 69 years old and nests on Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, a remote Pacific Island. A., M. J. Steinkamp, K. C. Parsons, J. Capp, M. A. Cruz, M. Coulter, I. Davidson, L. Dickson, N. Edelson, R. Elliott, R. M. Erwin, S. Hatch, S. Kress, R. Milko, S. Miller, K. Mills, R. Paul, R. Phillips, J. E. Saliva, W. Sydeman, J. Trapp, J. Wheeler and K. Wohl (2002). [6] Female Laysan albatrosses may bond for life and cooperatively raise their young. Version 1019 Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Bird Banding Laboratory 2019. Sibley, D. A. The Laysan albatross's plumage has been compared to that of a gull, two-toned with a dark gray mantle and wings and a white underside and head. Laysan Albatross use all of these habitat types at Kaena Point NAR, including non-native vegeta-tion. Laysan albatrosses nest on tropical islands in the Pacific and spend almost half the year soaring thousands of miles, as far as the coasts of Japan and California, to look for food. [18], The Laysan albatross feeds predominantly on cephalopods,[19] but also eats fish, crustaceans, and other invertebrates.[20]. Learn More. Only through banding could we find out long birds live. Gowen, F. C., J. M. Maley, C. Cicero, A. T. Peterson, B. C. Faircloth, T. C. Warr and J. E. McCormack. Minimal daily movements were made within localized areas during this time; individual laysan albatross concentrated into the northwest corner of the Pacific while black-footed albatross spread widely across the North Pacific Ocean basin. Males appear to migrate every year, arriving ahead of the females. Laysan Albatross - Phoebastria immutabilis Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Aves Order: Procellariiformes We report the status of Laysan Albatross populations at Kaena Point and Kuaokala on the island of Oahu, Hawaii and provide new demographic data for this species. ... Post-fledging survival and migration were studied by satellite tracking a sample (40–50% annually) of hand-reared chicks on Mukojima and an equal number of naturally … (1961). The nest (including rim) is about 3 feet in diameter and a couple of inches deep. The State of the Birds 2014 Report. They nest on islands of the tropical Pacific, but they may head out to Japan, the Aleutian Islands, or California to feed. Small populations are found on the Bonin Islands near Japan and the bird has begun to colonize islands off Mexico, such as Guadalupe Island and others in the Revillagigedo Archipelago. It's also one of the better ongoing bird stories in California. Spotting these Albatross the other day led me to explore a bit more about these majestic creatures of flight. Laysan Albatross: Large seabird with dark brown back, white head, neck and rump, dark eye patch. Migration Laysan Albatrosses leave their breeding grounds from July to October to forage across the northern Pacific Ocean; they tend to go northwest toward Japan and Alaska—one reason they are seen off the West Coast less commmonly than Black-footed Albatrosses. In toxicology research, banding data can also show birds’ potential exposure to contaminants or other environmental threats. [4] Juvenile birds return to the colony three years after fledging, but do not mate for the first time until seven or eight years old. Feeds on fish and invertebrates. May '10. Phoebastria immutabilis . Kaʻupu (Black-footed Albatross) The black-footed albatross has a keen sense of smell, which it uses to locate food across vast expanses of ocean. Evidence also exists of separate ranges for different species at sea. Paired females can successfully breed when their eggs are fertilized by males. The Laysan Albatross is rated as Near Threatened at this time due to decreasing population trends over the past several years. Large losses occurred from gill nets and drift nets set to catch fish (drift netting killed up to 17,500 albatrosses per year, but ended in 1992). Wings dark brown above and white below, with irregular brown-black borders, dark brown-black with white coverts, and pink legs and feet. "Federal funds are urgently needed to clean up this toxic mess to protect the Laysan albatross, as well as future visitors to the new Marine National Monument. Many shorebirds migrate along the coast foraging for food in the rich upwelling zones, while some pelagic seabirds migrate from as far away as the southern hemisphere Birds leave Hawaiian breeding grounds in July and evidently most go northwest toward Japan, then northeast toward Aleutians, before turning south toward Hawaii again. North American Bird Conservation Initiative. Hatte für die Verfolgung von acht Mal seit 1956 und immer noch Bruteier gebändert. This plastic can cause death by starvation or dehydration, puncture a bird’s digestive system, or leach harmful chemicals into their systems. The single egg is buff-white[11] and may have spots. American Bird Conservancy is celebrating 25 years of bird conservation results across the Americas, from halting extinctions and conserving habitats to eliminating threats and building capacity. Feeds on fish and invertebrates. The bird was banded in 1956 and is at least 69 years old. They tend to forage in colder, food-rich waters, although they have been found in waters ranging from about 35°F to 79°F. Frings, H. and M. Frings. Her egg hatched on February 1, 2016, and the chick was named Kukini, Hawaiian for “messenger.” Other articles where Laysan albatross is discussed: albatross: The laysan albatross (Phoebastria immutabilis), with a wingspread to about 200 cm, has a white body and dark upper wing surfaces. Wisdom, a mōlī (Laysan Albatross) and the world’s oldest known, banded wild bird has returned to Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and Battle of Midway National Memorial. Breeding. However, they spend the time mostly in the regions of the Baja at California and the northwestern part of the Archipelago. [4] Midway Atoll, Laysan Island, and the French Frigate Shoals have more than 90% of the breeding pairs at 551,940. These species live in the regions of North Pacific Ocean and the Bering Sea in the periods when they are not mating. This bill is composed of several horny plates, and along the sides are the two "tubes", long nostrils that give the order its form… The parents regurgitate food for the chick. [citation needed]. Many Laysan chicks that nest within 5 m of building structures exhibit a condition referred to as "droop wing", which commonly manifests itself in the chicks’ inability to raise their wings, which then drag on the ground, resulting in broken bones and open sores. (2014). Albatross on Kauai As the sky turned orange, they settled down to roost. Adults spend the breeding season from November to June on the breeding colonies, after … [4], The Laysan albatross is normally a silent bird, but on occasion may be observed emitting long "moo"-ing sounds, descending whinnies, or rattles. Hybridization is rare in albatrosses, largely due to the low incidence of breeding-site vagrancy. The chicks are fed regurgitated meals of very rich "stomach oil" and partially digested squid and fish by the parents. 2016 State of North America's Birds' Watch List. Hatchlings emerge en-masse, usually at night, from a sandy 2-ft deep nest after about 60 days. Large albatross species can spend up to five years at sea. The North American Waterbird Conservation Plan lists it as a Species of High Concern. The short-tailed albatross Phoebastria albatrus once numbered in the millions but was thought to be extinct by the mid 20th century. The Laysan albatross was first described as Diomedea immutabilis by Lionel Walter Rothschild, in 1893, on the basis of a specimen from Laysan Island.[3]. Like the Laysan, the Black-footed Albatross population has experienced a recovery from the devastation by feather hunters and habitat degradation on nesting islands in the early part of the 20th Century. Laysan albatross return to land to breed and raise their young. These species do not really have a specific migration period. During these four or five years, they form pair bonds with a mate that they will keep for life. By Hawaii Real Estate; February 5, 2013; No Comments ; Share. Courtesy U.S. Biologists have confirmed that she has laid an egg. [21] This slaughter led to efforts to protect the species (and others) which led eventually to the protection of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Moreover, the DOI officials stated that the current federal budget for the nation's wildlife refuge system would be insufficient to prevent the continued ingestion of lead paint by Laysan chicks. For display, … We're not sure if this is technically a migration story, but as it involves the seasonal migration of birds (or in this, a specific bird) we're going to include it. However, it is seen less often off the west coast of North America (and generally farther offshore), although sightings have increased in recent decades. The Laysan albatross, while a common species, has not yet recovered from the wide-scale hunting of the early 1900s,[4] with feather hunters killing many hundreds of thousands and wiping them out from Wake Island and Johnston Atoll. Activity gradually shifted toward increased time in … Dynamic soaring, stays aloft for hours with little flapping of wings. The expert glider can soar for hours without so much as a single wing flap, but when it does settle down to breed, it’s a curious sight. The oldest known live bird, a female named Wisdom, was at least 64 years old as of 2015[update]. More recent research by Gary Nunn of the American Museum of Natural History … When feather hunting came to an end, in the early 1920s, the entire Laysan Albatross population was estimated at about 18,000 pairs. The female-female pairs then hatch and raise the foster chicks.[13]. The female lays a single egg which both sexes take turns incubating for over 9 weeks. Laysan Albatross (Phoebastria immutabilis) began re-colonizing sites across the Pacific in the 1970s after severe population declines, and fledged the first chick on the island of Oahu in 1992.We report the status of Laysan Albatross populations at Kaena Point and Kuaokala on the island of Oahu, Hawaii and provide new demographic data for this species. Longevity records of North American birds. On the other end of the spectrum, the critically endangered waved albatross and the Tristan albatross have only a few thousand members each. The Laysan albatross has been globally listed as vulnerable to extinction by the World Conservation Union and is a special trust species on the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge in the recently established national monument. Speciation in Western Scrub-Jays, Haldane's rule, and genetic clines in secondary contact. wandering albatross) take over a year to raise a chick from laying to fledging. Wisdom the Laysan albatross has returned to her nest site at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and Battle of Midway National Memorial to become a mother once again, according to the U.S. The bird takes advantage of wind speed and direction changes at different heights to fly great distances with very slight alterations of their wing position. [6][7] This albatross has blackish-gray upperwing, mantle, back, upper rump, and tail, and its head, lower rump, and underparts are white. All but 0.3% of the breeding population is found among the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, particularly the islands of Midway and Laysan. Wisdom, a Laysan albatross and the oldest known banded bird in the wild at age 69, with one of her chicks named Kukini. Laysan albatrosses nest on tropical islands in the Pacific and spend almost half the year soaring thousands of miles, as far as the coasts of Japan and California, to look for food. Covered in gray-white down giving a salt-and-pepper appearance; eyes are open; weighing about 7 ounces. Laysan Albatross: Large seabird with dark brown back, white head, neck and rump, dark eye patch. Female-female pairs fledged fewer offspring than male-female pairs, but this was a better alternative than not breeding. 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