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Laysan Albatross | Phoebastria immutabilis

The Laysan Albatross is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Diomedeidae bird family group which includes birds such as Albatrosses.

The description for the Laysan Albatross (Latin name Phoebastria immutabilis) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Phoebastria immutabilis can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 905 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 645. You will find a picture of the Laysan Albatross on page 656.

NOTE: The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition*. This edition contained a number of taxonomic changes as well as changes to English names used traditionally and in earlier editions of most bird books in South Africa. The following paragraph notes such changes if any.

There have been no changes in the common name between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition. The Latin name for this bird is Diomedea immutabilis in the Roberts 6th Edition.

The Laysan Albatross has a height of 81 cms and weighs around 3500 gms. The head is coloured white while the bill is coloured yellow. The Phoebastria immutabilis has a white coloured throat, pink legs and a white coloured back. The eyes are brown.

Take note of the bird's main distinguishing features such as colour, size and leg length relative to the body size of the bird. Colours of a bird's body parts can be helpful. Be aware what may appear brown to one person is described in Roberts Birds using some other word ... for example brown, black. See colours used in Roberts.

Head is white

Eyes are brown

Bill is yellow

Legs are pink

Throat is white

Back is white

Feeding Habits ...

This bird has a specially adapted bill which helps it hunt for fish, crabs, shrimp and other aquatic animals in the water.

This bird is a well known scavenger and rarely kills its own prey.

Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The Laysan Albatross is a very rare bird that can only be seen out at sea following fish vessels. It can be seen in the Atlantic Ocean and Indian Ocean.

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

It is also seen in flocks

The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition * edited by PAR Hockey, WRJ Dean and PG Ryan, published by "The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund."

copyright: Tony Roocroft +27-11-454-0105

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