Baking: Short-tailed Albatross

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Phoebastria albatrus

Length: 34 in Wingspan: 7-8 feet Weight: 12 lbs

Identification:

Light underside and back with black outer wing. Light pink bill and yellow back of head and neck.

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Distribution:

Nest on Toshima Island and Minami-kojima Island in Japan. Year round, wader widely throughout the Pacific Ocean.

Cool Facts:

Feather hunters killed millions of Short-tailed Albatross until the species was declared extinct in the 1940s; around 50 birds were eventually rediscovered, probably juveniles who survived at sea, and this protected species has slowly increased to over 2000 birds.

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