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SCIENTIFIC NAME: Phoebastria albatrus
POPULATION: 4,200 individuals
HABITAT: Spends most of its life over northern Pacific Ocean; breeds on islands off Japan and more recently, Midway Atoll
Because of its small population, Short-tailed Albatross is listed under the U.S. Endangered Species Act and considered Vulnerable to extinction by the IUCN Red List.