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Related to albatrosses: Diomedeidae, wandering albatross

Albatross,

large sea bird that figures prominently in Coleridge's poem, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner."
Albatross syndrome - Synonym(s): Münchausen syndrome

albatross

a large, 25 lb, ocean flying bird with a very wide wingspan, 10 ft, which enables it to glide for long distances at a height of about 50 ft above the sea. There are several genera, the commonest being Diomedea and Phoebetria. The commonest species is the Wandering Albatross, Diomedea exulans.
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By comparison, the greatest influence on the number of albatrosses caught would result from a doubling of rates observed by Domingo et al.
AT RISK: It's estimated 80,000 albatrosses are killed each year by long-line fishing vessels
Young albatrosses remain at sea for 5 to 7 years before returning to nest and raise young.
Wandering albatrosses and their relatives do not appear to have particularly good eyesight, compared with other predatory birds, and their eyes may be adapted to scan movement on the horizon.
The observed distribution of genders was not significantly different from an expected 1:1 sex ratio for albatrosses ([chi square]=0.
Bones in the forelimbs of the species are shorter and broader than those found in modern albatrosses but aren't as short and broad as those in today's penguins.
Once every two years, the wandering albatrosses return to the same lonely islands where they were born.
Because of their tameness on land, albatrosses are also known as ''foolish gulls.
Washington, September 6 ( ANI ): Albatrosses leverage the energy of the wind to fly with essentially no mechanical cost to themselves, very rarely flapping their wings.
RSPB CYMRU TO LAUNCH CAMPAIGN THOUSANDS of albatrosses are being killed each year by longline fishing and trawling, RSPB Cymru warned yesterday.
RSPB Cymru wants you to save the stamps from all those festive greetings cards - and help make it a merry Christmas for albatrosses.
In mid-April 2009, two subadult short-tailed albatrosses visited Mukojima (apparently attracted by decoys, the presence of translocated chicks, and playbacks of STAL vocalizations recorded at the Torishima colony).