10. Wandering Albatross
Measuring from 8.3 ft to 11 ft, Wandering albatross has largest wingspan of any bird. This large, beautiful bird is native to Southern and North Pacific ocean.
There are 24 different species of albatross in total. Weighing up to 12 kg, wandering albatross is biggest among the family. Wandering albatross mostly feed on small fishes and squids. They also drink lots of salt water. Albatross spend most time in gliding in ocean winds and float on Ocean surface. In fact, they rarely found on land. During breeding season, wandering albatross gather together in colonies in remote islands. They lay only one egg after mating. Interestingly, young albatross will make their first flight within few months.
The wandering albatross, snowy albatross, white-winged albatross or goonie is a large seabird from the family Diomedeidae, which has a circumpolar range in the Southern Ocean. It was the first species of albatross to be described, and was long considered the same species as the Tristan albatross and the Antipodean albatross. A few authors still consider them all subspecies of the same species.
The SACC has a proposal on the table to split this species, and BirdLife International has already split it. Together with the Amsterdam albatross, it forms the wandering albatross species complex. The wandering albatross is one of the two largest members of the genus Diomedea, being similar in size to the southern royal albatross. It is one of the largest birds in the world, and one of the best known and studied species of bird in the world. This is also one of the most far ranging birds. Some individual wandering albatrosses are known to circumnavigate the Southern Ocean three times in one year.