The Waved Albatross

Adult Waved Albatross in its natural habitat.

Basic Information

The Waved Albatross, scientifically named the Phoebastria irrorata, is the only member if the Diomeidedae family to live within the tropics. During breeding season the Waved Albatross mainly lives off the coast of Peru but migrates to areas near Ecuador during the non-breeding seasons. These animals have a lifespan of 40 to 45 years and primarily eat fish, squid, and crustaceans. Weighting nearly 7.5 lbs with a wingspan of about 7.4 ft the Waved Albatross can fly for hours without staling but has great difficultly taking off.

ARKive video - Waved albatross - overview

A Waved Albatross can have a wingspan of 7.4 ft

  • Fun Facts
  • live 40- 50 years
  • courtship happens in April
  • lay eggs in May
  • first chicks hatch in July
  • newly hatched Albatross' learn to fly in September
  • largest bird on the Galapagos Islands
  • arrive at colonies in March
  • chicks leave home in December
  • aprox 34,000 individuals
  • 60 days for incubation
  • scientific name: Phoebastria irrorata

Baby Waved Albatross

More Information
Nest that the Waved Albatross build on areas of lava with boulders and sparse vegetation, or thick brush. The courtship of the Waved Albatross is a very elusive and spectacular sight to see. It includes: rapid bill circling and bowing, beak clacking, and an upraised bill. The egg stays in incubation for two months after being laid. When the eggs hatch, the chicks stay together in small nurseries while the parents go out to the sea for hunting. When the parents return to feed the children they feed them up to 4.4 lbs of food. They chicks are adult sized and ready to leave the nest by December. The parents remain together untill one of them dies.

How does this link to anything?
  • The aerodynamics of the Waved Albatross' winspan is linked to the wingspan of airplanes. The gliding motions are connected ans since the Waved Alabtross is one fo the best flyers it has a lot in common with airplanes.
diagam of how a Waved Albatross is connected to an airplane

location of the Waved Albatross

More Pictures


"The Waved Albatross." Quasar. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Mar 2011. <>.
Waved Albatross." Wikipedia. N.p., 17, Feb, 2011. Web. 12 Mar 2011.

"Waved Albatross Phoebastria irrorata ." Bird Life International. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Mar 2011. <>.