Albatrosses

Diomedeidae

Of the 22 recognised species (19 recorded in Australia) of this family of large, wide-roaming seabirds with long, narrow wings, only the Shy Albatross Thalassarche cauta breeds solely within Australia. Others occur as regular visitors from breeding sites outside the country. Three species have been recorded as vagrants. Unlike other similar tube-nosed species, albatrosses have a small nostril on each side of the bill.

Wandering Albatross

Wandering Albatross

No other species of bird has grasped the admiration and respect of birdwatchers and fishermen alike. The Wandering Albatross may spend several days following a ship, gliding effortlessly on long slender wings, in all but the calmest winds. Its large size (80 to 135cm) and white plumage, with fine black wavy lines on the breast neck and upper back, and mottled with black on the back, readily distinguish...