Latest Albatrosses Stories
The sight of seabirds following trawlers in order to feast from discarded fish is a common maritime sight, but each year many thousands of seabirds are killed by overhanging cables or in nets.
Last week, at the age of 62, Wisdom, the world's oldest living wild bird, and her mate hatched a healthy chick at Midway.
A new study of the wandering albatross – one of the largest birds on Earth – has shown that some of the birds are breeding earlier in the season compared with 30 years ago.
Wandering albatrosses have altered their foraging due to changes in wind fields in the southern hemisphere during the last decades.
A fun and educational ebook, illustrated by award winning artist Bill Bolton and supported by the Royal Society for Protection of Birds.
A Laysan albatross at least six decades into her life has stumped federal biologists by raising another chick.
The North Pacific Ocean is now commonly referred to as the world's largest garbage dump with an area the size of the continental United States covered in plastic debris.
Scientists from British Antarctic Survey, National Institute of Polar Research, Tokyo, and Hokkaido University, Japan, have recorded the first observations of how albatrosses feed alongside marine mammals at sea.
Thanks to a scheme that reduces the number of seabirds that are accidentally killed by the fishing industry, the outlook for the endangered albatross is looking better.
The Laysan Rail or Laysan Crake (Porzana palmeri) was a flightless bird native to the Northwest Hawaiian Island of Laysan. This small island was, and still is, an important seabird colony, and sustained numerous native species, including the rail. It became extinct because of habitat loss and by domestic rabbits, and eventually, World War II. Its scientific name is in honor of Henry Palmer, who collected in the Hawaiian Islands for Walter Rothschild. It was a rather small bird, measuring...
The Atlantic Yellow-nosed Albatross is a member of the albatross family. It is a large sea bird sometimes called a “mollymawk”. It was once thought to be conspecific with the Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross and known as the Yellow-nosed Albatross. Some of the authorities still believe that species are the same, such as Jeff Clements and the SACC, which sees that a proposal is needed. A mollymawk is a type of albatross that belong to the Diomedeidae family and come from the...
The Shy Albatross, (Thalassarche cauta), also known as the Shy Mollymawk, is a species of albatross found off the coast of Australia and New Zealand’s sub-Antarctic islands. Its range extends across much of the Southern Ocean. It is also known as the White-capped Albatross in some areas. This species at one time was considered to be the same species as Salvin’s Albatross and the Chatham Albatross, but was given its own species moniker in 2004. The Shy Albatross belongs to the...
Amsterdam Albatross or Amsterdam Island Albatross, (Diomedea amsterdamensis), is a species of albatross belonging to the Diomedeidae family. It was first described in 1983 and was originally believed to be a subspecies of the Wandering Albatross. BirdLife International now recognizes it as a separate species, but it is still considered a subspecies to some. The Amsterdam Albatross breeds only on Amsterdam Island, French Southern Territories in the southern Indian Ocean, at an elevation...
The Light-mantled Sooty Albatross, Phoebetria palpebrata, is a small member of the albatross family. They are also known as the Sooty Albatross or sooties. It nests in South Georgia in the Atlantic, many of the same islands in the Indian Ocean, and New Zealand's sub-Antarctic islands. At sea it forages further south than the Dark-mantled to Antarctica, and around the Southern Ocean as far north as Chile, Tasmania and South Africa. At sea they often eat more fish as opposed to squid...
- Large; stout; burly.