Waved albatrosses spend most of their lives at sea, but come ashore to breed on the Galápagos Islands. These are the largest birds to be found on the archipelago, and they mate for life; a relationship which begins with an elaborate display of circling, bowing. Each year a pair hatch one egg, and after a mere 167 days, this chick will leave the nest to spend the next 6 years at sea, before it returns as an adult to the islands once more.
Scientific name: Phoebastria irrorata
The Waved albatross can be found in a number of locations including: Galápagos. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.
The following habitats are found across the Waved 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: 2009
Classified by: IUCN 3.1