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Short-tailed Albatross
(Phoebastria albatrus)
walrus
Description
It is a medium sized seabird. Their plumage as adult is overall white with black flight feathers and a black bar at the end of the tail. They have a yellow-stained nape and crown. Their bills are large and pink; however, older birds will gain a blue tip. Juveniles are entirely dark brown at first, with a pink bill and pink feet.
Dimensions
They can grow from 33 to 37 inches, with a wingspan of 85 to 91 inches. They weight between 9.5 to 19 lb. Among standard measurements, the bill is 5.0 to 6.0 inches long and the tail is 5.5 to 6.0 inches long.
Diet
They feed mainly on squid, but will follow ships for their discarded offal.
Habitat & Range
They inhabit open oceans. There have been North American sightings in recent years mainly from Alaska, British Columbia, Oregon and California.
Conservation status
THIS SPECIES IS LISTED AS VULNERABLE

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