Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Procellariiformes
Family Diomedeidae
Genus Diomedea
Species D. exulans
Scientific Name Diomedea exulans

Other Names

Snowy albatross, white-winged albatross, goonie

Wandering Albatross Description

  • The wandering albatross is one of the world’s largest birds.
  • The bird is thought to fly as much as 120,000 kilometers in a year.
  • It has the largest wingspan of all the extant birds.
  • Wandering albatrosses remain in the air without flapping their wings for many hours.
  • Males are slightly larger than females.
  • The wandering albatross spends most of its time in flight. It lands either to breed or to feed.

Size & Weight


  • BODY-LENGTH: 107 to 135 cm (3 ft 6 in to 4 ft 5 in)
  • WEIGHT: 5.9 to 12.7 kg (13 to 28 lb)
  • WINGSPAN: 51 to 3.5 m (8 ft 3 in to 11 ft 6 in)


Ridges, hillocks, patchy vegetation


Prince Edward Islands, South Georgia Island, Macquarie Island (Australia), Kerguelen Island, Crozet Islands, south island of New Zealand, Marion Islands (South Africa)


Cephalopods, crustaceans, fish


1 egg

Egg Size

LENGTH: 10 cm (3.9 in)

Breeding Period

Early November

Egg-laying Season

December 10 – January 5

Incubation Period

11 weeks

Sexual Maturity

11 – 15 years




50 years


Bill clapping, grunts, screams, whistles

Conservation Status