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Furcula (Wishbone) of a Diomedea immutabilis (Laysan Albatross)

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Species Description
The Laysan Albatross is a near threatened species ranging across the North Pacific. In the Hawaiian Islands, this bird is the second most common sea bird measuring 32 inches in length and having a wing span of 77-80 inches. Breeding occurs on two main islands: Laysan and Midway. Their diet consists of cephalopods, fish, crustaceans, and other invertebrates. The Laysan Albatross can be identified by its pink bill with a dark tip, white head and underparts and black smudging around the eye. This species has an intricate courtship ritual during which the birds decide who will be their life long mate. Though mainly a quiet bird, if you hear a “moo”-ing sound nearby- don’t be fooled, it is not a cow; it is the Laysan Albatross! Laysan Albatross Dance
Skeletal Elements Available

Sternum (Breast Bone)

Left Tarsometatarsus (Left Fused Element Consisting of Ankle and Middle Foot Bones)

Right Tarsometatarsus (Right Fused Element Consisting of Ankle and Middle Foot Bones)

Furcula (Wishbone)

Left Humerus (Left Upper Arm Bone)

Right Humerus (Right Upper Arm Bone)
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