Short-tailed Albatross Phoebastria albatrus


Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels (ACAP). 2009. ACAP Species Assessment: Short-tailed Albatross Phoebastria albatrus. Available at: #

Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC). 2003. COSEWIC assessment and status report on the Short-tailed Albatross Phoebastria albatrus in Canada. Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada. Ottawa vi + 25 pp. (

Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC). 2013. COSEWIC assessment and status report on the Short-tailed Albatross Phoebastria albatrus in Canada. Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada. Ottawa xii + 55 pp. (

Day, R.H., Gall, A.E., Morgan, T.C., Rose,J .R., Plissner,J.H., Sanzenbacher, P.M., Fenneman, J.D., Kuletz, K.J., Watts, B.H. 2013. Seabirds new to the Chukchi and Beaufort seas, Alaska: response to a changing climate? . Western Birds 44: 174–182.

Deguchi, T., Jacobs, J., Harada, T., Perriman, L., Watanabe, Y., Sato, F., Nakamura, N., Ozaki, K., Balogh G. 2012. Translocation and hand-rearing techniques for establishing a colony of threatened albatross. Bird Conservation International 22: 66-81.

Deguchi, T., Sato, F., Eda, M., Izumi, H., Suzuki, H., Suryan, R.M., Lance, E.W., Hasegawa, H. and Ozaki, K. 2017. Translocation and hand‐rearing result in short‐tailed albatrosses returning to breed in the Ogasawara Islands 80 years after extirpation. Animal Conservation 20(4): 341-349.

Deguchi, T., Suryan, R. M., Ozaki, K. Jacobs, J. F., Sato, F., Nakamura, N., Balogh G. R. 2014. Early successes in translocation and hand-rearing of an endangered albatross for species conservation and island restoration. Oryx 48: 195-203.

Eda M., Izumi H., Konno S., Konno M., Sato F. 2016. Assortative mating in two populations of Short-tailed Albatross Phoebastria albatrus on Torishima. Ibis 158: 868-875.

Eda, M., Higuchi, H. 2012. Does the Short-tailed Albatross Phoebastria albatrus consist of two species? Japanese Journal of Ornithology 61: 263-272.

Eda, M., Koike, H., Kuro-o, M., Mihara, S., Hasegawa, H., Higuchi, H. 2012. Inferring the ancient population structure of the vulnerable albatross Phoebastria albatrus, combining ancient DNA, stable isotope, and morphometric analyses of archaeological samples. Conservation Genetics 13: 143-151.

Environment Canada (EC). 2008. Recovery Strategy for the Short-tailed Albatross (Phoebastria albatrus) and the Pink-footed Shearwater (Puffinus creatopus) in Canada. Species at Risk Act Recovery Strategy Series. Environment Canada, Ottawa vii + 46 pp.

Finkelstein, M. E.; Wolf, S.; Goldman, M.; Doak, D. F.; Sievert, P. R.; Balogh, G.; Hasegawa, H. 2010. The anatomy of a (potential) disaster: volcanoes, behavior and population viability of the Short-tailed Albatross (Phoebastria albatrus). Biological Conservation 143: 321-331.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO). 2007. National Plan of Action for Reducing the Incidental Catch of Seabirds in Longline Fisheries. Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Ottawa 29 pp.

Guy, T.J., Jennings, S.L., Suryan, R.M., Melvin, E.F., Bellman, M.A., Ballance, L.T., Blackie, B.A., Croll, D.A., Deguchi, T., Geernaert, T.O. and Henry, R.W. 2013. Overlap of North Pacific albatrosses with the US west coast groundfish and shrimp fisheries. Fisheries Research 147: 222-234.

Kiyota, M.; Minami, H. 2008. Marine habitat of the Short-tailed Albatross near Japan, estimated from ship-based survey data. Journal of the Yamashina Institute for Ornithology 40(1): 1-12.

NOAA. 2008. Annual Report on Seabird Interactions and Mitigation Efforts in the Hawaii Longline Fishery for 2007. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Marine Fisheries Service Pacific Islands Regional Office , Honolulu, Hawaii.

Piatt, J. F.; Wetzel, J.; Bell, K.; Degange, A.; Balogh, G.; Drew, G.; Geernaert, T.; Ladd, C.; Byrd, G. V. 2006. Predictable hotspots and foraging habitat of the endangered short-tailed albatross (Phoebastria albatrus) in the North Pacific: Implications for conservation. Deep-Sea Research II 53: 387-398.

Sato, F. 2009. Increase in pairs of the Short-tailed Albatross Diomedea albatrus at an artificial breeding ground. Journal of the Yamashina Institute for Ornithology 40(2): 139-143.

Suryan, R. M.; Dietrich, K. S.; Melvin, E. F.; Balogh, G. R.; Sato, F.; Ozaki, K. 2007. Migratory routes of Short-tailed Albatrosses: use of exclusive economic zones of North Pacific Rim countries and spatial overlap with commercial fisheries in Alaska. Biological Conservation 137(3): 450-460.

Suryan, R. M.; Sato, F.; Balogh, G. R.; Sievert, P. R.; Nakamura, N.; Ozaki, K. 2008. Influence of season and age on movements and habitat use of Short-tailed Albatrosses: implications for at-sea conservation. Abstracts, 35th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Seabird Group, Blaine, Washington, 27 Feb - 2 Mar 2008, pp. 116. Pacific Seabird Group, Little River, CA, USA.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). 2008. Short-tailed Albatross Recovery Plan. Anchorage, AK . 105 pp.

U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). 2001. Final United States National Plan of Action for Reducing the Incidental Catch of Seabirds in Longline Fisheries. Department of Commerce, NOAA, National Marine Fisheries Service: Silver Spring, MD 18 pp.

USFWS (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service). 2012. Biological opinion regarding the effects of the continued operation of the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery as governed by the Pacific coast Groundfish Management Plan and Implementing Regulations at 50 CFR Part 660 by the National Marine Fisheries Service on California Least Tern (Sterna antillarum browni), Southern Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris nereis), Bull trout (Salvelinus confluentus), Marbled Murrelet (Brachyramphus marmoratus), and Short-tailed Albatross (Phoebastria albatrus). Fish and Wildlife Service, Portland, Oregon.

Further resources

Additional information is available on the distribution of the Short-tailed Albatross from the Global Procellariiform Tracking Database (

Detailed species accounts from the Threatened birds of Asia: the BirdLife International Red Data Book (BirdLife International 2001).

Search for photos and videos, and hear sounds of this species from the Macaulay Library

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Species factsheet: Phoebastria albatrus. Downloaded from on 01/03/2024.
Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2024) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 01/03/2024.