This southern sea albatross is much larger than other species.
Characterized by its immense size, its wings are particularly long and its plumage typical at any age. The underside of the wings is mostly white, with black tips and a narrow dark border on the outer edge. It has a large pink beak and legs protruding clearly from the tail in flight.
Classification: vertebrates, birds, procellariiformes, diomedeidae
Size: up to 1.5 m long
Weight: up to 12.5 kg
Habitat and distribution: open ocean, polar regions and coastal areas of the Southern Ocean
Conservation status: declining
This giant seabird has the largest wingspan of all flying animals: up to 3.7 m. With its long, narrow wings, it hovers on the storm winds of the Southern Ocean, catching Medusa and other Animals in flight to feed. Its flight is so agile that it barely flaps its wings.
The wandering Albatross nests on isolated islands and lays only one egg per mating season. Its eggs, the largest of all seabirds, incubate for more than 80 days — the most prolonged incubation period of any bird.
The wandering Albatross grows slowly and can fly for only a year or so after birth.