Short-Tailed Albatross Discovered In Hawaii, First Time Endangered Animal Has Nested In U.S.

12/10/2010 01:19 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

HONOLULU — A bird conservation group says the endangered short-tailed albatross has nested in the far northwestern edge of the Hawaiian islands – the first time the species has done so in the United States.

The American Bird Conservancy said Wednesday that nests for the white and black feathered seabird were found at Kure and Midway atolls.

The atolls are about 1,300 miles northwest of Honolulu in the largely uninhabited Papahauamokuakea (pah-pah-hah-now-moh-KOO'-ah-kay-uh) Marine National Monument.

Until now, the short-tailed albatross has only reproduced at two sites: Torishima island in Japan and islands controlled by Tokyo and claimed by Beijing, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China.

Feather hunting devastated the species at the turn of the 20th century.