Laysan albatrosses have a lifespan of 12to 51 years. Birds that start breeding early in life tend to die younger. Mortality rates are highest during the 3rd to 6th breeding years. The major cause of mortality in nestlings is dehydration. Many adult birds have been killed due to military and aircraft activities.
Status: wild: 12 to 51 years.
Status: wild: 10 to 19 years.
- Robbins, C. 2002. "Patuxent Scientist Chan Robbins Reports Age Record for Laysan Albatross" (On-line). USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center HiLites. Accessed May 29, 2007 at http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/new/hilites/hilites040802.htm.