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Albatross, Short-tailed bird pictures


Albatross, Short-tailed bird picturesSHORT-TAILED ALBATROSS
82. Diomedea albatrus. 36 inches.

This bird is much more shy than the former, and when following a vessel will keep a long distance behind in its search for food. With the exception of the primaries, which are black, as are also the shoulders and tail, the entire plumage is white, tinged with yellow on the. back of the head.

Nest. - They breed on the islands in the North Pacific off the coast of Alaska. A single white egg is laid upon the bare ground or rocks.

Range. - Northern Pacific ocean in summer from Lower California to Alaska; most common in northern part of the range.