Conservation Status: Near Threatened, USFWS Bird of Conservation Concern
Description: A very large seabird with a white body, dark wings, back and tail, and a relatively long pale bill. The Laysan Albatross also has dark plumage around the eyes that resembles a classic “smokey eye” makeup look.
Play Laysan Albatross call:
Where to find them: You might spot this bird from a boat out on the open waters of the Pacific Ocean from Japan to California. They nest on islands in the Pacific, including the Hawaiian islands.
- Laysan Albatross are extremely long-lived. The oldest known individual is named Wisdom and is likely over 70 years old.
- An albatross can fly millions of miles in its lifetime.
- Sometimes if sick or injured, these birds will stow away on cargo ships and come into our care once they reach port.
Threats: Long-line fishing, climate change, plastic pollution
How YOU can Help: Reduce your use of single-use plastics, choose sustainably sourced seafood
Audio clip from www.xeno-canto.com Recorded by Alan Palacios XC730150
Additional photography courtesy of Patrick Sysiong, Corinne Bailey, and Dick Hilton