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Laysan Albatross
Laysan Albatross RWD2.jpg
At Kilauea Point on Kauai, Hawaii
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Procellariiformes
Family: Diomedeidae
Genus: Phoebastria
Species: P. immutabilis
Binomial name
Phoebastria immutabilis
(Rothschild, 1893)[2]
Synonyms

Diomedea immutabilis

The Laysan Albatross, Phoebastria immutabilis, is a large seabird that ranges across the North Pacific. This small (for its family) two-tone gull-like albatross is the second most common seabird in the Hawaiian Islands, with an estimated population of 2.5 million birds, and is currently expanding (or possibly re-expanding) its range to new islands. The Laysan Albatross was first described as Diomedea immutabilis by Lionel Walter Rothschild, in 1893, based on a specimen from Laysan Island.[3]

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References

  1. ^ BirdLife International (2008). Phoebastria immutabilis. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 03 Mar 2009.
  2. ^ Brands, Sheila (August 14, 2008). "Systema Naturae 2000 / Classification - Diomedea subg. Phoebastria -". Project: The Taxonomicon. http://www.taxonomy.nl/Main/Classification/101893.htm. Retrieved 22 Feb 2009. 
  3. ^ Robertson, C. J. R. (2003). "Albatrosses (Diomedeidae)". In Hutchins, Michael; Jackson, Jerome A.; Bock, Walter J. et al.. Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia. 8 Birds I Tinamous and Ratites to Hoatzins. Joseph E. Trumpey, Chief Scientific Illustrator (2 ed.). Farmington Hills, MI: Gale Group. pp. 113–122. ISBN 0 7876 5784 0. 

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