Wandering albatrosses hold the record for the bird with the largest wingspan, with some individuals measuring 3.5 metres. They spend most of their life on the wing, returning to land only to court a mate and to breed.
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At a massive 3.5 metres the wandering albatross has the largest recorded wingspan of any living bird.
Scientific name: Diomedea exulans
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The following habitats are found across the Wandering albatross distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.
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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web
Population trend: Decreasing
Year assessed: 2008
Classified by: IUCN 3.1
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