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Mandible (Jawbone ) of a Diomedea nigripes (Black-footed Albatross)


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Species Description
The Black-Footed Albatross is one of three species of albatross that range within the Northern Hemisphere, and the only dark-colored albatross of the North Pacific. Like most albatrosses, it spends the non-breeding season on the open ocean, returning to land only to mate. It feeds in pelagic waters, pattering the surface and skimming for fish, squid and flying fish eggs. The Black-Footed Albatross has nasal passages attached to the upper bill; along with other “tubenose” birds (members of the order Procellariiformes), it is one of the few birds to utilize smell. The Black-Footed Albatross also has a salt gland above the nasal passages, which is used to desalinate its body.
Skeletal Elements Available

Sternum (Breast Bone)

Left Humerus (Left Upper Arm Bone)

Mandible (Jawbone )
External Links
Animal Diversity Web
Encyclopedia of Life
Wikipedia Black-footed Albatross Page

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