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Great albatross

Southern Royal Albatross
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Procellariiformes
Family: Diomedeidae
Genus: Diomedea
Linnaeus, 1758
D. exulans(Linnaeus, 1758)
D. antipodensis(Robertson & Warham, 1992)
D. amsterdamensis(Roux et al, 1983)
D. dabbenea(Mathews, 1929)
D. sanfordi(Murphy, 1917)
D. epomophora(Lesson, 1785)

The great albatrosses are seabirds in the genus Diomedea in the albatross family. The genus Diomedea formerly included all albatrosses except the sooty albatrosses, but in 1996 the genus was split with the mollymawks and the North Pacific albatrosses both being elevated to separate genera. the great albatrosses themselves form two species complexes, the wandering and Amsterdam albatrosses and the royal albatrosses. The splitting of the great albatrosses into six or seven species has not been accepted by all authorities. Image File history File links Diomedea_epomorpha_(Mattern). ... Scientific classification or biological classification is how biologists group and categorize extinct and living species of organisms (as opposed to folk taxonomy). ... Phyla Subregnum Parazoa Porifera (sponges) Subregnum Agnotozoa Placozoa (trichoplax) Orthonectida (orthonectids) Rhombozoa (dicyemids) Subregnum Eumetazoa Radiata (unranked) (radial symmetry) Ctenophora (comb jellies) Cnidaria (coral, jellyfish, anemones) Bilateria (unranked) (bilateral symmetry) Acoelomorpha (basal) Orthonectida (parasitic to flatworms, echinoderms, etc. ... Typical Classes Subphylum Urochordata - Tunicatas Ascidiacea Thaliacea Larvacea Subphylum Cephalochordata - Lancelets Subphylum Myxini - Hagfishes Subphylum Vertebrata - Vertebrates Petromyzontida - Lampreys Placodermi (extinct) Chondrichthyes - Cartilaginous fishes Acanthodii (extinct) Actinopterygii - Ray-finned fishes Actinistia - Coelacanths Dipnoi - Lungfishes Amphibia - Amphibians Reptilia - Reptiles Aves - Birds Mammalia - Mammals Chordates (phylum Chordata) include the vertebrates, together with... Orders Many - see section below. ... Families Procellariidae Diomedeidae Hydrobatidae Pelecanoididae Procellariiformes (from the Latin procella, a storm) is an order of birds formerly called Tubinares and still called tubenoses in English. ... Genera Diomedea Thallasarche Phoebastria Phoebetria The albatrosses (from Portuguese Alcatraz, a pelican) are seabirds in the family Diomedeidae, which is closely allied to the petrels. ... Carolus Linnaeus Carl Linnaeus, also known after his ennoblement as , (May 23, 1707 – January 10, 1778), was a Swedish botanist, physician and zoologist[1] who laid the foundations for the modern scheme of nomenclature. ... In biology, a species is the basic unit of biodiversity. ... Carolus Linnaeus Carl Linnaeus, also known after his ennoblement as , (May 23, 1707 – January 10, 1778), was a Swedish botanist, physician and zoologist[1] who laid the foundations for the modern scheme of nomenclature. ... 1758 was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1929 (MCMXXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1917 (MCMXVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar (see link for calendar) or a common year starting on Tuesday of the 13-day slower Julian calendar. ... René Primevère Lesson (March 20, 1794 - April 28, 1849) was a French surgeon and naturalist. ... 1785 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... Seabirds are birds that spend much of their lives, outside the breeding season at least, at sea. ... In biology, a genus (plural genera) is a taxonomic grouping. ... Genera Diomedea Thalassarche Phoebastria Phoebetria Albatrosses, of the biological family Diomedeidae, are large seabirds allied to the procellarids, storm-petrels and diving-petrels in the order Procellariiformes (the tubenoses). ... In biological classification, family (Latin: familia, plural familiae) is 1) a rank or 2) a taxon in that rank. ... Species (Hilsenberg, 1822) (Forster, 1785) The sooty albatrosses or sooties are small albatrosses from the genus Phoebetria. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... Species (Gmelin, 1789) (Rothschild, 1903) (Rothschild, 1893) (Gould, 1841) (Murphy, 1930) (Rothschild, 1893) (Mathews, 1893) (Forster, 1785) (Temminck, 1828) The mollymawks are a group of medium sized albatrosses that form the genus Thalassarche. ... Species (Rothschild, 1893) (Audubon, 1839) (Salvin, 1883) (Pallas, 1769) The North Pacific albatrosses are large seabirds from the genus Phoebastria in the albatross family. ... In biology, a species is the basic unit of biodiversity. ...


The Wandering Albatross and the Southern Royal Albatross are the largest of the albatrosses and are amongst the largest of flying birds. They have the largest wingspans of any bird; being up to 3.5 m from tip to tip, although the average is a little over 3m. Large adult males of these two species may exceed 11 kilogrammes in weight, as heavy as a large swan. Binomial name Diomedea exulans Linnaeus, 1758 The Wandering Albatross (Diomedea exulans), is a large seabird from the family Diomedeidae which has a circumpolar range in the Southern Ocean. ... Binomial name Diomedea epomophora Lesson, 1785 Synonyms Diomedea epomophora epomophora The Southern Royal Albatross, Diomedea epomophora, is a large seabird from the albatross family. ... Flight is the mode of locomotion used by most of the world’s bird species. ... Orders Many - see section below. ... Genera/Species Cygnus Bechstein 1803 Cygnus cygnus Cygnus buccinator Cygnus columbianus Cygnus bewickii Cygnus atratus Cygnus atratus sumnerensis Cygnus melancoryphus Cygnus olor Cygnus sumnerensis Coscoroba Reichenbach 1853 Coscoroba coscoroba Swans are large water birds of the family Anatidae, which also includes geese and ducks. ...

Facial features of various Diomedea species.
Facial features of various Diomedea species.

The great albatrosses are predominantly white in plumage as adults, with birds becoming whiter as they age. Royal albatrosses of all ages and the larger, older male Wandering Albatrosses are totally white-bodied, while adult females and and younger animals of the other species have dark pencilling marks on the edges of their feathers. Generally the smaller species or subspecies and the juveniles have more dark brown colour. The recently discovered Amsterdam Albatross retains the dark brown plumage of juvenile birds into adulthood. Image File history File linksMetadata Albatrossface. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Albatrossface. ... Closeup on a single white feather A feather is one of the epidermal growths that forms the distinctive outer covering, or plumage, on a bird. ... Binomial name Diomedea exulans Linnaeus, 1758 The Wandering Albatross (Diomedea exulans), is a large seabird from the family Diomedeidae which has a circumpolar range in the Southern Ocean. ... Binomial name Diomedea amsterdamensis Roux, Jouventin, Mougin, Stahl & Weimerskirch, 1983 The Amsterdam Albatross (Diomedea amsterdamensis) is a huge albatross which breeds only on the Plateau des Tourbières on Amsterdam Island (French Southern Territories) in the southern Indian Ocean. ...


The Great albatrosses range across the Southern Ocean, and nest (for the most part) on isolated oceanic islands. The wandering albatrosses nest on islands around the Southern Ocean, from the Atlantic Ocean (South Georgia and Tristan da Cunha), to the Indian Ocean and New Zealand's sub-Antarctic islands. The royal albatrosses nest only on New Zealand's sub-Antarctic islands, with one unusual colony on New Zealand's Otago Peninsula South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands is an overseas territory of the United Kingdom, also claimed by Argentina. ... Motto: Our faith is our strength Anthem: God Save the Queen Capital Edinburgh of the Seven Seas Status Dependency of Saint Helena Official language(s) English Governor Michael Clancy Administrator Mike Hentley Area 201 km² Population ~280 Currency Saint Helenian pound (SHP) at parity with the UK Pound Sterling (GBP... Greek ἀνταρκτικός, opposite the arctic) is a continent surrounding the Earths South Pole. ... NASA satellite photo of Otago Peninsula and Otago Harbour. ...

Great albatrosses (Diomedea) Southern Royal Albatross Northern Royal Albatross Wandering Albatross Antipodean Albatross Tristan Albatross Amsterdam Albatross ... Binomial name Diomedea epomophora Lesson, 1785 Synonyms Diomedea epomophora epomophora The Southern Royal Albatross, Diomedea epomophora, is a large seabird from the albatross family. ... Binomial name Diomedea sanfordi Murphy, 1917 Synonyms Diomedea epomophora sanfordi The Northern Royal Albatross (Diomedea sanfordi) is a large seabird from the albatross family. ... Binomial name Diomedea exulans Linnaeus, 1758 The Wandering Albatross (Diomedea exulans), is a large seabird from the family Diomedeidae which has a circumpolar range in the Southern Ocean. ... Binomial name Diomedea antipodensis Roberston and Warham, 1992 Synonyms Diomedea exulans antipodensis The Antipodean Albatross (Diomedea antipodensis) is a large seabird from the albatross family. ... Binomial name Diomedea dabbenena Mathews, 1929 Synonyms Diomedea exulans dabbenena The Tristan Albatross (Diomedea dabbenena) is a large seabird from the albatross family. ... Binomial name Diomedea amsterdamensis Roux, Jouventin, Mougin, Stahl & Weimerskirch, 1983 The Amsterdam Albatross (Diomedea amsterdamensis) is a huge albatross which breeds only on the Plateau des Tourbières on Amsterdam Island (French Southern Territories) in the southern Indian Ocean. ...

References

  • Brooke, M. (2004). Albatrosses And Petrels Across The World: Procellariidae. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK ISBN 0-19-850125-0
  • Tickell, W.L.N. (2000). Albatrosses Sussex:Pica press, ISBN 1-873403-94-1

  Results from FactBites:
 
Great albatross - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (351 words)
The great albatrosses are seabirds in the genus Diomedea in the albatross family.
The Wandering Albatross and the Southern Royal Albatross are the largest of the albatrosses and are amongst the largest of flying birds.
Royal albatrosses of all ages and the larger, older male Wandering Albatrosses are totally white-bodied, while adult females and and younger animals of the other species have dark pencilling marks on the edges of their feathers.
Albatross - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (5656 words)
Numbers of albatrosses have declined in the past due to harvesting for feathers, but today the albatrosses are threatened by introduced species such as rats and feral cats that attack eggs, chicks and nesting adults; by pollution; by a serious decline in fish stocks in many regions largely due to overfishing; and by long-line fishing.
The four genera are the great albatrosses (Diomedea), the mollymawks (Thalassarche), the North Pacific albatrosses (Phoebastria), and the sooty albatrosses or sooties (Phoebetria).
It is from the former poem that the usage of albatross as a metaphor is derived; someone with a burden or obstacle is said to have 'an albatross around their neck', the punishment given in the poem to the mariner who killed the albatross.
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