The most iconic seabird, with a wingspan over 10ft!
What you need to know about the Wandering Albatross
Our Expert Says… "These birds take a full year to breed, so as the chicks fledge in November, other adults are just starting to nest. Because of this, they don't breed every year. Thanks to restrictions on long-lining it does look like this is making a difference in reducing albatross deaths."
Perhaps the most iconic of any bird? The Wandering Albatross has the longest wingspan of any living bird, with an average of 3m (10ft) and the largest-ever officially recorded being over 3.6m (12ft)! This huge span means they can glide across the ocean for many hours at a time without having to flap their wings, saving energy and allowing them to range across all of the southern oceans.
They are sometimes known as the snowy albatross or the white-winged albatross due to their white body feathers as adults, although young wandering albatross are dark brown until they mature. They have a distinctive pink bill and pink feet to match.
There is an important breeding colony in South Georgia, where more than 10% of the world's population of Wandering Albatross come to breed in early November. This albatross mates for life and together pairs raise a single chick every 2 years. Both parents share incubation and chick feeding duties.
These remarkable birds are classed as vulnerable, and their population is in decline due to pollution and fishing practices.