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Phoebastria nigripes (Black-footed Albatross)

Synonyms: Diomedea nigripes
Language: French

Wikipedia Abstract

The black-footed albatross (Phoebastria nigripes) is a large seabird of the albatross family Diomedeidae from the North Pacific. All but 2.5% of the population is found among the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. It is one of three species of albatross that range in the northern hemisphere, nesting on isolated tropical islands. Unlike many albatrosses, it is dark plumaged.
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EDGE Analysis

Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 8.85655
EDGE Score: 3.67443


Clutch Size [4]  1
Clutches / Year [4]  1
Global Population (2017 est.) [3]  130,000
Incubation [4]  65 days
Maximum Longevity [4]  41 years
Migration [7]  Intercontinental
Nocturnal [1]  Yes
Water Biome [1]  Pelagic
Wing Span [8]  6.986 feet (2.13 m)
Adult Weight [2]  7.044 lbs (3.195 kg)
Birth Weight [4]  183 grams
Female Weight [2]  6.592 lbs (2.99 kg)
Male Weight [2]  7.496 lbs (3.40 kg)
Weight Dimorphism [2]  13.7 %
Breeding Habitat [3]  Oceanic islands, Pelagic
Wintering Geography [3]  Pacific Ocean
Wintering Habitat [3]  Pelagic
Diet [5]  Carnivore (Invertebrates), Carnivore (Vertebrates), Piscivore
Diet - Fish [5]  70 %
Diet - Invertibrates [5]  20 %
Diet - Scavenger [5]  10 %
Forages - Water Surface [5]  100 %
Female Maturity [6]  5 years
Male Maturity [6]  5 years

Protected Areas

Important Bird Areas

Name Location  IBA Criteria   Website   Climate   Land Use 
Mukojima islands Japan A1, A2    
Senkaku islands Japan A1, A4i, A4ii    
Torishima island Japan A1, A4ii  
Yieliu Taiwan A1, A4i  

Biodiversity Hotspots

Name Location Endemic Species Website
Japan Japan No
Polynesia-Micronesia Fiji, Micronesia, Polynesia, Samoa, Tonga, United States No

Prey / Diet

Prey / Diet Overlap


Galeocerdo cuvier (Tiger-shark)[11]
Homo sapiens (man)[11]
Rattus norvegicus (Norway rat)[11]


Parasitized by 
Paracuaria adunca <Unverified Name>[12]

Range Map


North America; Oceania;

External References



Attributes / relations provided by
1Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 01, 2010 at
2Threlfall, W. and SP Mahoney. 1980. The use of measurements in sexing Common Murres from Newfoundland. Wilson Bulletin 92: 266-268
3Partners in Flight Avian Conservation Assessment Database, version 2017. Accessed on January 2018.
4de Magalhaes, J. P., and Costa, J. (2009) A database of vertebrate longevity records and their relation to other life-history traits. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22(8):1770-1774
5Hamish Wilman, Jonathan Belmaker, Jennifer Simpson, Carolina de la Rosa, Marcelo M. Rivadeneira, and Walter Jetz. 2014. EltonTraits 1.0: Species-level foraging attributes of the world's birds and mammals. Ecology 95:2027
6Black-footed Albatross (Phoebastria nigripes), Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels –
7Riede, Klaus (2004) Global Register of Migratory Species - from Global to Regional Scales. Final Report of the R&D-Projekt 808 05 081. 330 pages + CD-ROM
8Alaska Department of Fish and Game
9del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.
10Szoboszlai AI, Thayer JA, Wood SA, Sydeman WJ, Koehn LE (2015) Forage species in predator diets: synthesis of data from the California Current. Ecological Informatics 29(1): 45-56. Szoboszlai AI, Thayer JA, Wood SA, Sydeman WJ, Koehn LE (2015) Data from: Forage species in predator diets: synthesis of data from the California Current. Dryad Digital Repository.
11Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
12Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
Biodiversity Hotspots provided by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
Abstract provided by DBpedia licensed under a Creative Commons License