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Amazing Albatross

Updated on August 21, 2016

Albatross will spend most of their time in the air. They seldom go to land.

Amsterdam Albatross

Amsterdam Albatross By Vincent Legendre GNU 1.2
Amsterdam Albatross By Vincent Legendre GNU 1.2 | Source

The Amsterdam albatross is only found on one island in the Indian Ocean. It is named Amsterdam Island. The Amsterdam albatross will spend most of their life at sea or in the sky. They will usually only come on land to raise their young.


 By JJ Harrison (jjharrison89@facebook.com) - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16589558
By JJ Harrison (jjharrison89@facebook.com) - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16589558 | Source

The Amsterdam albatross's body is 107 to 122cm long and their wingspan is 3m. They will weigh 4.8 to 8kg. Their body is brown and their face is white. They have a beak that is pink.

The Amsterdam albatross is a large bird, but they are capable of gliding for long distances.

The Amsterdam albatross's main diet is fish and squid.

The settlers of Amsterdam island brought cattle and cats with them and they are a great threat to the babies. The nests are destroyed so the babies are killed. There have been some fences put up to protect the nests and babies from the grazing cattle. The Amsterdam albatross numbers are declining rapidly. The Amsterdam albatross is endangered at this time.


Black-browed Albatross

Black-browed Albatross By JJ Harrison (jjharrison89@facebook.com) - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16589558
Black-browed Albatross By JJ Harrison (jjharrison89@facebook.com) - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16589558 | Source

The black-browed albatross's scientific name is Thalassarche melanophris.


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The black-browed albatross is found all over the Southern Hemisphere. The majority of the black-browed albatross live in the Falkland Islands. The black-browed albatross spends most of their time flying over the southern oceans.


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By JJ Harrison (jjharrison89@facebook.com) - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16589519 | Source

They are the most plentiful albatross in southern Australia. They have a black back, upper wings and tail. They have a yellow with a pink tip bill. They are white under their wings with black edges. They have a white face.


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By JJ Harrison (jjharrison89@facebook.com) - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=20759991 | Source

They will eat plankton. Squid, cuttlefish and crustaceans They will follow ships to pick up garbage and they will also eat carrion. They usually mate for life. They will use a solid pile of mud mixed with grass and seaweed for a nest. They use the same nest for several years. Both parents care for the babies.


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Many of them get caught in fishing lines and drown.

Colony on Saunders Island, Falkand Islands By Ben Tubby - IMGP9130, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3091214
Colony on Saunders Island, Falkand Islands By Ben Tubby - IMGP9130, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3091214 | Source

Northern Royal Albatross

Northern Royal Albatross By XLerate at the English language Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2878116
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The Northern Royal Albatross will be found living in the Southern Hemisphere. Their main breeding grounds are at the Chatham Islands near New Zealand. The Northern Royal Albatross is unique in that they will go a million miles flying over the ocean in their lifetime which can be 50 to 60 years. They will keep their same mate for all this time. They will also use the same nest site for years.


Young Northern Royal Albabross By Scott Wieman - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24620985
Young Northern Royal Albabross By Scott Wieman - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24620985 | Source

It is said by many people that the Northern Royal Albatross is the largest of the sea birds. The Northern Royal Albatross is 3 feet 9 inches long, and their wingspan is a huge 10 feet 6 inches. The Northern Royal Albatross's body is white, and the top of their wings is black. Their bill is pink with a black edge.




Northern Royal Albatross in flight By JJ Harrison (jjharrison89@facebook.com) - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=19599151
Northern Royal Albatross in flight By JJ Harrison (jjharrison89@facebook.com) - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=19599151 | Source

When they are not raising babies, they will spend a year at a time flying over the Ocean. They will glide on the high air currents, and they will not touch the ground for several months.

Their main food is squid and fish. They will catch their food on the fly.

The Northern Royal Albatross's eggs and babies are preyed on by ferrets and cats. The adults will get tangled in fishing nets when they are looking for food.

They are considered and endangered species. It is believed they could become extinct in the near future.



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      Norma Lawrence 20 months ago from California

      Thanks for comment. I though California stopped using plastic bags. That was what we were told. I just went shopping at super market today and brought home my food in 7 plastic bags. I do not know what happened to now more using plastic bags. All the stores still use them.

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      Deb Hirt 20 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      That is the sad thing about most albatross--they are seriously on their way out. The Layman Albatros of our Midway Island has nearly nothing to eat but plastic. Most of the chicks die a horrible death due to this outrageous chain of events. This garbage comes from us, and it all floats to Midway. I try to encourage everyone that I speak with to use disposable shopping bags, and fortunately, California has outlawed the plastic bags.

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      Norma Lawrence 21 months ago from California

      They are a tough bird. Fishing nets seem to injure many sea birds and animals. Thanks

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      FlourishAnyway 21 months ago from USA

      It's so sad that they are victims of fishing nets. I also didn't know that they could live so darn long!

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      Norma Lawrence 21 months ago from California

      Thanks for reading my article and commenting. Sorry you have been having so many health problem. I have read some of the political comments from people and I can not believe how blind some people are. I will say the democratic party is loyal to the extreme and blind. Get well soon.

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      Jackie Lynnley 21 months ago from The Beautiful South

      What beautiful pictures and great information! Been meaning to get here but having surgeries and recoveries and getting to all I can in between and of course have to get my politics in when I can! lol

      Great job as always.

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