INDEX - NATUREwww.islandbreath.org ID#0520-01
SUBJECT: KAUAI FLORA & FAUNA - MOLI
SOURCE: LINDA PASCATORE email@example.com
POSTED: 14 OCTOBER 2005 - 7:00am HST
Moli:The Laysan Albatross
photo taken December 2004 by Jay Holcomb of the International Bird Rescue Research Center.
Note: stare of the Moli. More forward looking vision than many other birds
Birds and Plants of Kauai:
by Linda Pascatore on 13 October 2005
The Moli or Laysan Albatross is a seabird found commonly on Kauai and the Northwest Hawaiian Islands, and to a lesser extent on Oahu, Molokai, Lanai’i and Hawaii. On Kauai, the Moli nests at the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge and at Barking Sands Beach.
The Moli is 31 to 32 inches long, with a wingspan of 80 inches. They are white with a black tail and upper wings, dark patterns under the wings, with a black patch around the eye and pink bills, legs and feet.
Often called “Gooney Birds” because they are awkward on land, the Moli or Albatross glides gracefully on winds near the surface of the ocean. They begin breeding and nesting in October, and leave in late spring. They lay a single egg in a scrape in the sand that they use to nest. They eat large squid and flying fish eggs.
Hawaii’s Birds, published by the Hawaiian Audubon Society, 1997.
photo taken in San Pedro California by Susan Kaveggia of the www.IBRRC.org
For more information try http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laysan_Albatross
For more on Hawaiian Nature see below:
Island Breath: Hawaiian Nature Menu The Flora and Fauna of Hawaii
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