Phoebastria nigripes | black-footed albatross | ka‘upu


Other Names: kaupu

The ka‘upu or black-footed albatross is the smallest albatross in Hawai‘i. Adults are entirely black except for a narrow whitish area at the base of the bill and another under the eyes. They feed from the surface by seizing prey while sitting on the water, and will “tipup” like ducks, using their well-developed olfactory sense to locate food.

Hotspots for black-footed albatross

James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge


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