Wandering Albatross

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Wandering Albatross
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Procellariiformes
Family: Diomedeidae
Genus: Diomedea
Species: D. exulans
Binomial name
Diomedea exulans
(Linnaeus, 1758)[2]
Sub-species

Diomedea exulans exulans(Linnaeus, 1758)[2]
Diomedea exulans gibsoni

Diomedea exulans

The Wandering Albatross is a large seabird of the family Diomedeidae. It is also called the Snowy Albatross or White-winged Albatross.[3] It is the largest member of the genus Diomedea (the great albatrosses) and has the largest wingspan of any living bird.[4] It can be up to 11.5 feet (3.50 m) wide.[5] The IUCN says it is a vulnerable species.[6]

Behavior[change | edit source]

Wandering Albatrosses live together when breeding, which they do once every two years.[7] They are monogamous, and usually mate for life. They can live for over 50 years,[8] and adult mortality is only 5 to 7% a year (this is very low for birds).[4]

Communication[change | edit source]

They make many kinds of noises, such as screams, whistles, grunts and bill clapping.[4] When they are looking for a mate, they spread their wings, wave their heads and tap their bills together.[9] They feed at night on cephalopods, small fish, and crustaceans[4][7]

References[change | edit source]

  1. BirdLife International (2008)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Brand, S. (2008)
  3. Clements, James (2007). The Clements Checklist of the Birds of the World (6 ed.). Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press. ISBN 978-0-8014-4501-9.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Robertson, C. J. R. (2003). "Albatrosses (Diomedeidae)". In Hutchins, Michael. Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia. 8 Birds I Tinamous and Ratites to Hoatzins (2 ed.). Farmington Hills, MI: Gale Group. pp. 113–116, 118–119. ISBN 0-7876-5784-0.
  5. Dunn, Jon L.; Alderfer, Jonathon (2006). "Accidentals, Extinct Species". In Levitt, Barbara. National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America (fifth ed.). Washington D.C.: National Geographic Society. p. 467. ISBN 978-0-7922-5314-3.
  6. BirdLife International (2008). Diomedea exulans. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2008. Retrieved on 17 Feb 2009.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Harrison, Colin; Greensmith, Alan (1993). "Non-Passerines". In Bunting, Edward. Birds of the World (First ed.). New York, NY: Dorling Kindersley. p48. ISBN 1-56458-295-7.
  8. [1], Is foraging efficiency a key parameter in aging? (2010)
  9. BirdLife International (2008(a)). "Wandering Albatross - BirdLife Species Factsheet". Data Zone. http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/species/index.html?action=SpcHTMDetails.asp&sid=3952&m=0. Retrieved 17 Feb 2009.

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