Baking: Black-footed Albatross

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Phoebastria nigripes

Length: 25-29 in Wingspan: 6-7 feet Weight: 0.5-1.5 lbs

Identification:

Dark front and back, with light undertail coverts and front of face.

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Distribution:

Nests primarily on the Hawaiian Islands. Throughout the year, found wandering large portions of the Pacific Ocean.

Cool Facts:

Albatrosses have an excellent sense of smell, which they use to track down food on the open ocean.

The Black-footed Albatross roams huge portions of the Pacific Ocean on its 7-8 foot wingspan; a single foraging trip may see a bird fly several thousand miles nonstop from its nesting grounds in Hawaii to the shores of Alaska or Japan, then back to feed its chicks.

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