Albatrosses (Diomedeidae)

Short-tailed Albatross (Diomedea albatrus) - HBW 1, p. 212

French: Albatros à queue courte German: Kurzschwanzalbatros Spanish: Albatros Colicorto
Other common names: Steller's Albatross

Taxonomy: Diomedea albatrus Pallas, 1769, off Kamchatka.
May represent offshoot of ancient N Hemisphere stock of great albatrosses. Monotypic.

Distribution: Torishima I in Izu Is, off SE Japan; birds regularly seen on Minami kojima in S Ryukyu Is. Formerly much more widespread in NW Pacific, E to Bonin and Izu Is.

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