Definition of wandering albatross in English:

wandering albatross

Pronunciation /ˈwänd(ə)riNG ˈalbəˌtrôs/ /ˈwɑnd(ə)rɪŋ ˈælbəˌtrɔs/

noun

  • A very large albatross of southern oceans, having white plumage with black wings and a wingspan of up to 11 feet (3.3 m).

    Diomedea exulans, family Diomedeidae

    ‘Giant petrels, wandering albatrosses, penguins and other sea birds are getting caught in fishing tackle and dying by the tens of thousands.’
    • ‘The wandering albatross is the largest of all albatrosses, with a wingspan of up to 3.5 meters.’
    • ‘The wandering albatross, king penguins, hundreds of pelagic birds, sea lions, and icebergs will be there, too.’
    • ‘On the cliffs above the colonies, we encountered nests of the light-mantled sooty albatross; on the plateau, huge wandering albatross chicks sat like white, fluffy lighthouses.’
    • ‘It was a supreme moment when a wandering albatross, the bird with the largest wingspan of any bird, arrived!’
    • ‘The breeding behavior of wandering albatrosses is much like that of the frigatebirds I have studied, but it is anomalous among birds in general.’
    • ‘Croxall et al. reported that 50% of the variation in egg volume was attributable to individual quality in wandering albatrosses.’
    • ‘Ornithologists have recorded single feeding trips of 15,000 kilometers by nesting wandering albatrosses.’
    • ‘The Japanese version, though, weighed little more than six ounces, which meant it could be carried by a twenty-six-pound wandering albatross.’
    • ‘The world's largest flying bird, the wandering albatross, is in serious trouble because of longline tuna fishing in the sub-Antarctic Ocean.’
    • ‘A wandering albatross, for example, will only begin breeding between the ages of 7 and 11, and a pair will produce, at most, one chick every two years.’
    • ‘The world's biggest seabird, the wandering albatross, is in peril because of long-line fishing.’
    • ‘One of the most noticeable features of the coastal plains of the sub-Antarctic Prince Edward Islands is the numerous wandering albatrosses dotted about the landscape on their large nests.’
    • ‘The locations have substantial populations of wandering albatrosses which are under threat through long-lining activities.’
    • ‘I was particularly pleased to have seen some species of wildlife that do not venture as far north as the Falklands, such as the Antarctic fur seal and wandering albatross.’