Diomedeidae – Albatrosses

Black-browed Albatross (Thalassarche melanophris) by Daves BirdingPix

Black-browed Albatross (Thalassarche melanophris) by Daves BirdingPix

Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings, (Psalms 17:8 KJV)


CLASS – AVES, Order – PROCELLARIIFORMES, Family – Diomedeidae – Albatrosses


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Latest I.O.C. Version
Species (21)

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Phoebastria
Laysan Albatross (Phoebastria immutabilis)
Black-footed Albatross (Phoebastria nigripes)
Waved Albatross (Phoebastria irrorata)
Short-tailed Albatross (Phoebastria albatrus)
Diomedea
Wandering Albatross (Diomedea exulans)
Antipodean Albatross (Diomedea antipodensis)
Amsterdam Albatross (Diomedea amsterdamensis)
Tristan Albatross (Diomedea dabbenena)
Southern Royal Albatross (Diomedea epomophora)
Northern Royal Albatross (Diomedea sanfordi)
Phoebetria
Sooty Albatross (Phoebetria fusca)
Light-mantled Albatross (Phoebetria palpebrata)
Thalassarche
Black-browed Albatross (Thalassarche melanophris)
Campbell Albatross (Thalassarche impavida)
Shy Albatross (Thalassarche cauta)
Chatham Albatross (Thalassarche eremita)
Salvin’s Albatross (Thalassarche salvini)
Grey-headed Albatross (Thalassarche chrysostoma)
Atlantic Yellow-nosed Albatross (Thalassarche chlororhynchos)
Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross (Thalassarche carteri)
Buller’s Albatross (Thalassarche bulleri)


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Ian Montgomery’s Birdway
Nick Talbot – Videographer


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Albatrosses, of the biological family Diomedeidae, are large seabirds allied to the procellariids, storm-petrels and diving-petrels in the order Procellariiformes (the tubenoses). They range widely in the Southern Ocean and the North Pacific. They are absent from the North Atlantic, although fossil remains show they once occurred there too and occasional vagrants are found.

Albatrosses are among the largest of flying birds, and the great albatrosses (genus Diomedea) have the largest wingspans of any extant birds, reaching up to 12 feet. The albatrosses are usually regarded as falling into four genera.

Albatrosses are highly efficient in the air, using dynamic soaring and slope soaring to cover great distances with little exertion. They feed on squid, fish and krill by either scavenging, surface seizing or diving. Albatrosses are colonial, nesting for the most part on remote oceanic islands, often with several species nesting together. Pair bonds between males and females form over several years, with the use of ‘ritualised dances’, and will last for the life of the pair. (Wikipedia with editing)

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