DLNR 2015 SWAP individual factsheets for seabird species are here: Links for each are below.

Laysan Alabatross, FWS

Wikipedia page links for endemic (or near endemic) seabirds of Hawaiʻi ( are below. Colored text indicates IUCN designations (VU-vulnerable, EN-Endangered, CR-critically endangered, NT-not threatened; LC indicates least concern).



  • Laysan albatross, Phoebastria immutabilis NT 99.7% of the total population breeds on the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands
  • Black-footed albatross, Phoebastria nigripes NT 97.5% of the total population breeds on the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands
Laysan Albatross; Credit: FWS


  • Hawaiian stilt or aeʻo, Himantopus mexicanus knudseni (NR) (H. mexicanus: LC)


A good place to see Hawaiʻi’s seabirds is the Kilauea Point NWR. See a description and story here:

A very nice video Saving Kauai’s Seabirds was produced and was an official 2019 selection in the Wildlife Conservation Film Festival in New York City. It can be viewed here:

For a description of birdlife on Oahu’s offshore islets look here:

An informative article on Pacific Golden Plover (kolea) migration by Wally Johnson is here (only the intro and photo is available for free):

Seabird videos

In addition to the video mentioned above for Kauai:

Hawaiʻi petrel video moving chicks:

Albatross and climate change relocation:ʻi-climate-change-science/.