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Albatross : Southern Royal Albatross

Southern Royal Albatross

The sea bird Southern Royal Albatross is also known as the Diomedea epomophora. It is from the large seabird category of albatross family. This sea bird has an average of wingspan of approximately 3 meter that is 10 feet and it has a length of 123 cm that is 49 inch. It also weighs 8.5 kg that is 18.8 lbs after development. It is the second largest Albatross after Wandering Albatross.

It was once considered as similar to the Northern Royal Albatross or Diomedea sanfordi and the Royal Albatross. After that it got split into two different species, but it is not accepted by the whole world. These two separate species are divided on the basis of the plumage of the wing in adults.

As the Southern Royal Albatross sea bird has big areas of whitish color going down the wings as compared to the Northern, which has total black wings.

These sea birds are the most whitest of all the albatrosses, and mainly have individual characteristic after getting totally matured, like black wing tips with the trailing edges.

These sea birds also do not have the peach spot on a side of head as that of Wandering Albatross. The legs of southern royal albatross are flesh colored and the bill is pinkish with cutting edges of blackish color which creates a middle black line along their bill.

This black line is the most significant difference in between these sea birds and the Wandering Albatross sea birds. Wandering Albatross has paler bill with white outline on their wings and finer and not spotty and it has whitish distribution from the start of the border instead of starting from the middle portion of the wing as the bird is getting matured day by day.

Some of these sea birds also have white spots, which are smaller in size and in the middle part of their wings. The Southern Royal Albatrosses mainly found in the rat free Sub-Antarctic Campbell Island as compared to the other area in the world. Nearly 13,000 pairs are found here every year.