The Short-tailed Albatross
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John Cassin (1813-1869)
Plate 50, The Short-tailed Albatross
From: Illustrations of the Birds of California, Texas, Oregon, British and Russian America
Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co., 1856
Paper dimensions: 10 ½ " x 7"
Framed dimensions: 16 ½" x 17 ½”
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The Short-tailed Albatross, or Steller's albatross, is a large rare seabird from the north Pacific. Although related to the other North Pacific albatrosses, it also exhibits behavioural and morphological links to the albatrosses of the Southern Ocean. It was described by the German naturalist Peter Simon Pallas from skins collected by the Georg Wilhelm Steller (after whom its other common name is derived). Once common, it was brought to the edge of extinction by the trade in feathers, but with protection has recently made a recovery.