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Southern Royal Albatross

Diomedea epomophora
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The Southern Royal Albatross is one of the world's largest birds growing to a body length of around 115 centimetres and a wing span of over three metres.

The Southern Royal Albatross is a pelagic bird, that is, a bird that lives in open oceans and normally only come ashore to breed. It is to be found mainly in the waters off the coasts of southern South America and New Zealand, where it lives on a diet of small fish, squid and crustaceans.

The male and female raise a single chick once every two years in sheltered flat ground on the Auckland Islands and Otago Peninsula of New Zealand.

Adult birds are mostly white with black tips to the wings and tails. They also have a light pink bill with black marking on the edges of the upper beak.

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Natural Phenomena: Grey-Headed Albatross, Diomedea chrysostma
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Created: 22 March 2004

Published by South Seas, 1 February 2004
Comments, questions, corrections and additions: Paul.Turnbull@jcu.edu.au
Prepared by: Paul Turnbull
Updated: 28 June 2004
To cite this page use: http://nla.gov.au/nla.cs-ss-biogs-P000388

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