|Scientific Name||Diomedea exulans|
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
LENGTH: 10 cm (3.9 in)
December 10 – January 5
11 – 15 years
Bill clapping, grunts, screams, whistles