Very large seabird, overall cold brown with whitish face. Some adults show a slightly paler belly. Juveniles are darker brown overall. Often seen alone, but frequently joins mixed feeding flocks with other seabirds and gulls. Breeds primarily in Hawaii and on islands off Japan; otherwise fairly common and wide-ranging in the North Pacific. Rarely seen from shore. Size and shape distinctive; dark body separates from rarer Laysan Albatross and long, narrow wings distinguish from Brown Pelican. Feeds on squid, flying fish, and flying fish eggs.