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

What does it look like?  Its large size and white plumage, with fine black wavy lines on the breast neck and upper back, and mottled with black on the back, readily distinguish it. It has the longest wingspan of all bird species.  Where does it live? The Wandering Albatross breeds on subantarctic islands, beginning in early December, but spends the majority of its life soaring low above the southern oc...