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Wandering Albatross
File:Diomedea exulans - SE Tasmania.png
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Clade: Aequorlitornithes
Clade: Ardeae
Clade: Aequornithes
Clade: Austrodyptornithes
Order: Procellariiformes
Family: Diomedeidae
Genus: Diomedea
Species: D. exulans
Binomial name
Diomedea exulans
Linnaeus, 1758[2]

Diomedea exulans exulans(Linnaeus, 1758)[2]
Diomedea exulans gibsoni

File:Diomedea exulans in flight 2 - SE Tasmania.jpg

In flight

The Wandering Albatross, Snowy Albatross or White-winged Albatross,[3] Diomedea exulans, is a large seabird from the family Diomedeidae, which has a circumpolar range in the Southern Ocean. It was the first species of albatross to be described, and was long considered the same species as the Tristan Albatross and the Antipodean Albatross. In fact, a few authors still consider them all subspecies of the same species.[4] The SACC has a proposal on the table to split this species,[5] and BirdLife International has already split it. Together with the Amsterdam Albatross it forms the Wandering Albatross species complex. The Wandering Albatross is the largest member of the genus Diomedea (the great albatrosses), one of the largest birds in the world, and one of the best known and studied species of bird in the world.

Other names[]

Gony (as in immature, mottle plumage), or "leopard gony"; Cape sheep[6].


Similar species[]


The Wandering Albatross can scent odour trails up to 12 miles away[7].






  1. ^ BirdLife International (2008). Diomedea exulans. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 17 Feb 2009.
  2. ^ a b Brands, Sheila (Aug 14 2008). "Systema Naturae 2000 / Classification - Diomedea subg. Diomedea -". Project: The Taxonomicon. Retrieved 12 Feb 2009.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. ^ Robertson, C. J. R. (2003). "Albatrosses (Diomedeidae)". In Hutchins, Michael. Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia. 8 Birds I Tinamous and Ratites to Hoatzins (2 ed.). Farmington Hills, MI: Gale Group. pp. 113–116, 118–119. ISBN 0-7876-5784-0. 
  4. ^ Clements, James (2007). The Clements Checklist of the Birds of the World (6 ed.). Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press. ISBN 978-0-8014-4501-9. 
  5. ^ Remsen Jr., J. V.; et al. (30 Jan 2009). "Proposal (388) to South American Classification Committee: Split Diomedea exulans into four species". South American Classification Committee. American Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 17 Feb 2009.  Cite uses deprecated parameter |coauthors= (help)
  6. ^ Terres, John K. (1980). The Audubon Society Encyclopedia of North American Birds. Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. ISBN 0394466519. 
  7. ^ Averett, Nancy (January–February 2014). "Birds Can Smell, and One Scientist is Leading the Charge to Prove It -". Audubon Magazine. Retrieved 1 Feb 2014. 

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