French: Albatros royal German: Südkönigsalbatros Spanish: Albatros real meridional
Other common names:
Royal Albatross (when lumped with D. sanfordi)
Diomedaea [sic] epomophora
no locality; probably Australian waters
Southern Ocean, breeding on Campbell I and Auckland Is.
107–122 cm; male c. 8100–10,300 g, female 6520–9000 g; wingspan 290–351 cm. Large white albatross with variable amount of blackish on upperwing,... read more
Yapping croaks and whining calls, with no significant differences between present species and D... read more
Marine, but apparently less pelagic than D. exulans. Nests on remote islands, typically on... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly cephalopods (at least 38 species, especially onychoteuthids, Moroteuthopsis ingens, Kondakovia longimana, ... read more
Biennial, starting Oct with return to colonies, egg-laying 20 Nov–28 Dec (median date 3 Dec, c. 3 weeks later than D. sanfordi... read more
Disperses widely over Southern Ocean after breeding, though only infrequently penetrates Antarctic... read more
Status and conservation
VULNERABLE. Considerable decline in past, though species has probably been largely stable or recovering slightly since mid 1980s; world population c. 27,200 birds, with bulk... read more
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