One of the largest birds with a wingspan that can reach eight feet, the Waved Albatross population in the Galapagos is at its height between April and December. More than 30,000 birds arrive on Española to breed-one of the largest gathering of its kind in the world.
The mating ritual of the waved albatross rivals the courtship of blue-footed boobies in other parts of the islands. An intriguing dance takes place, complete with bill circling, bill clacking, head nodding, and a waddle.
Waved Albatross is one of the longest living birds-often reaching 45 years of age. They have also devoted partners when they find a mate they stay with them to raise their young until one of the couple dies.
When on land, the birds are clumsy, but in the air and at sea they are skilled flyers who can circle the globe in 45 days. Studies have shown that waved albatrosses use their skill at gliding to save energy and even sleep when in flight.
The entire world population of waved albatrosses hovers close to 70,000. The graceful bird is on the endangered species list-prone to long range fishing nets that entangle them when diving for food.
When to Find Them – Española Island
Where to Find Them – April through December
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