Laysan Albatross - Phoebastria immutabilis
There is a soft gray and black patch around and under its eyes. It has a large gray to yellow-orange bill with a black, hooked tip. Males and females look alike.
The Laysan albatross breeds on islands in the mid-Pacific, especially islands in the Hawaiian chain. Occasionally, it can be seen in the waters of the North Pacific and the Gulf of Alaska.
The Laysan albatross lives on open ocean waters and breeds on islands.
The Laysan albatross eats squid, but it also eats crustaceans, fish eggs, and fish. It is a surface feeder. It scoops up its prey from just under the surface of the water. It does most of its feeding at night.
Both the male and the female incubate the egg. The female incubates the egg for the first few days. Then the male takes over for as many as three weeks. The chick hatches in about two months. Both parents feed the chick regurgitated food, primarily squid oil and flying fish eggs.
The Laysan albatross only comes to land to breed. It spends most of its time on the open ocean, 30 or more miles from land. Once a chick leaves the nest and heads to open waters, it won't return to land until it is ready to find a mate. It returns to its nesting colony and searches for a mate using elaborate mating dances. It won't mate for the first time until it is between six and seven years old. Laysan albatrosses mate for life.
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