Albatross falls under the family Diomedeidae, which includes 4 genera and 21 species. These birds are also one of the largest birds capable of flight. Most species have a long lifespan, living over 60 years.
Following are the 4 different genera and their respective species (extant only)
- Amsterdam albatross (Diomedea amsterdamensis)
- Antipodean albatross (Diomedea antipodensis)
- Northern royal albatross (Diomedea sanfordi)
- Southern royal albatross (Diomedea epomophora)
- Tristan albatross (Diomedea dabbenea)
- Wandering albatross (Diomedea exulans)
- Atlantic Yellow-nosed albatross (Thalassarche chlororhynchos)
- Black-browed albatross (Thalassarche melanophrys)
- Buller’s albatross (Thalassarche bulleri)
- Campbell albatross (Thalassarche impavida)
- Chatham albatross (Thalassarche eremita)
- Grey-headed albatross (Thalassarche chrysostoma)
- Indian yellow-nosed albatross (Thalassarche carteri)
- Salvin’s albatross (Thalassarche salvini)
- Shy albatross (Thalassarche cauta)
- White-capped albatross (Thalassarche steadi)
- Black-footed albatross (Phoebastria nigripes)
- Laysan albatross (Phoebastria immutabilis)
- Short-tailed albatross (Phoebastria albatrus)
- Waved albatross (Phoebastria irrorata)
- Light-mantled albatross (Phoebetria palpebrata)
- Sooty albatross (Phoebetria fusca)
One of the largest ever albatross and the largest flying bird is the Wandering albatross (Diomedea exulans). It also has the largest wingspan of any bird, measuring between 8 feet to over 11 feet. It is also one of the most far-ranging birds, known to cover more than 120,000 km in the span of just one year.
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The Wandering albatross (Diomedea exulans) is the largest flying bird of all time.