Albatrosses have long, narrow wings and short tails. They are superb flyers. All species build nest mounds of earth, mud, moss, and grass on high, windy slopes necessary for taking off. They lay one egg every other year.

Black-browed albatross (Thalassarche melanophris)

One of the smaller albatrosses but still a large bird, the black-browed albatross is white with black wings and a grey tail. The bill is yellowish with an orange-red tip. They are easy to identify because of the dark line extending through their eyes.

adult on nest chick on nest flying adult in flight

Wandering albatross (Diomedea exulans)

These huge birds have a white body, white face, brown eyes, and black wings. They live up to 85 years. The wingspan may exceed twelve feet.

on land two adults and a chick adult flying

sky-pointing juvenile flying adult in flight

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