Central and Eastern parts of Canada and the United States
Away from it all. When breeding season rolls around, the dark-mantled sooty albatross builds its nests on nearly inaccessible ledges in some of the most rugged and least visited islands of the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans. As a result of this seclusion, its life is largely shrouded in mystery. It is known, however, that the female lays but a single egg, which both parents take turns incubating. If a couple successfully raises a chick one year they will seldom breed again the following year. With a slow rate of reproduction and a perilously high rate of at sea mortality, the enigmatic seafarer is in danger of going away forever.
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Head and body length: 84 - 89 cm, wingspan: approx. 200 cm
Males: approx 2.7 kg, females: approx. 2.4 kg
Estimated at 4,200