PORT PHILLIP BAY


Wandering Albatross 

Diomedea exulans

View scientific description and taxonomy

Scientific Details

See below for information.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Chordata
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Class:
Aves
Order:
Procellariiformes
Family:
Diomedeidae
Genus:
Diomedea
Species:
exulans

General Description

Body mainly white. Wings white on leading edge and centre, tips and trailing edge black. Underwing mainly white, tips and trailing edge black. Bill pink. Young birds: body and upperwing uniform brown, face white. Body up to 1.4 m long, wing span to 3.5 m.

Biology

The wingspan of these albatrosses is the widest of all ocean birds. Individuals breed on sub-Antarctic islands, mainly in the Indian Ocean and New Zealand waters.

Habitat

Coastlines, large bays and open seas.

Coastal shores

Distribution guide

Southern continents, including southern Australia.

Species Group

Birds Albatrosses

Depth

Shore (0-1 m)

Water Column

Above surface

Max Size

1.4 m

Diet

Carnivore

Commercial Species

No

Global Dispersal

Recorded in Australia

Identify

Conservation Status

  • DSE Advisory List : Endangered
  • EPBC Act 1999 : Vulnerable
  • IUCN Red List : Vulnerable

Author

article author Longmore, N. W.

Wayne Longmore is a Senior Collection manager of terrestrial vertebrates at Museum Victoria.

Author

article author O'Brien, R.

Rory O'Brien is a Collection Manager of terrestrial vertebrates at Museum Victoria.

citation

Cite this page as:
Longmore, N. W. & O'Brien, R., 2011, Wandering Albatross, Diomedea exulans, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 23 Oct 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/7964

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