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Waved albatross

Phoebastria irrorata

Description:

These are medium-sized albatrosses, measuring about 34-35 in (86–90 cm) long, weighing in at 7.5 lb (3.4 kg), and having a wingspan 7.4 ft (2.25 m). They are distinctive for their yellowish-cream neck and head, which contrasts with their mostly brownish bodies. They have brown upper-wings, back, and tail, along with a whitish breast and underwings, and blue feet. Juveniles are similar to adults except for more white on their head. Chicks have brown fluffy feathers.

Habitat:

When they forage, the Waved Albatross follow straight paths to a single site off the coast of Peru, about 1,000 km (620 mi) distant to the east. During the non-breeding season, these birds reside primarily in the areas of the Ecuador and Peruvian coasts.

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kate.tillotson
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kate.tillotson

Ecuador

Spotted on May 11, 2009
Submitted on Feb 14, 2012

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