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Another term for an albatross of the North Pacific.
Genus Diomedea, family Diomedeidae: the Laysan albatross (D. immutabilis) and the black-footed albatross (D. nigripes)‘The Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge is the nesting ground for some two million seabirds spanning 15 species, including the Laysan albatrosses (better known as ‘gooney birds’).’‘Nicknamed ‘gooney birds’ by GIs for their awkward gait, albatross mate for life.’
Mid 19th century of unknown origin.
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