Birdorable Wandering Albatross

2013 Bonanza Bird #16: Wandering Albatross

July 16th, 2013 in Birdorable Bonanza 2013 2 comments

Our Bonanza rolls on with the addition of our second Birdorable albatross species. Today's Bonanza bird is the Wandering Albatross.

Birdorable Wandering Albatross

The Wandering Albatross is remarkable for the size of its wings. It has the largest wingspan of any living bird, averaging a span of 10 feet, 2 inches (just over 3 meters). Their amazing wings allow them to remain in flight, without flapping, for long periods of time.

Wandering Albatross
Wandering Albatross by Ed Dunens

Many species of albatross are in jeopardy; 19 species out of 21 are threatened with extinction. The conservation status of the Wandering Albatross is Vulnerable. These majestic seabirds face dangers from ocean fishing operations, non-native predators, plastic pollution, and others. Conservation organizations are working to help save struggling albatross populations. Education and spreading awareness about threats are key factors in attempts to save endangered species.

wandering albatross

Tomorrow's bird is a species endemic to Bolivia. Check us out tomorrow to find out what it is!