ALBATROSS

INFORMATION

This bird is endemic to the Galapagos Islands, and the largest colony of the world is located on Española Island.

They have chosen Española Island for a couple of possible reasons. First of all is their need of flat landing areas located near cliffs for easy takeoff.  The Albatross long wings and weight are a challenge in both processes. Española Island, being highly eroded, has many flat fields and precipices around its coasts that make it a perfect location for meeting and nesting. However, they are considered one of the best flyers due to the use of wind speed to travel really long distances with relatively low energy consumption.

Another reason is the fact that these birds relatives are found in cold water locations where the food availability is relatively similar to the coasts where the Humboldt Current hits,  south of the islands.

This species has one of the most famous and amazing courtship rituals of all birds in the Galapagos. They perform a spectacular mating dance based on bill circling and bowing, upraising the beak to the sky and clacking the beaks together. This dance is complex and takes the birds some time to perfect it. After the first time the couple mates, the ritual in the next breeding seasons and encounters would be less elaborate.

The colonies are deserted from the months of January to March. Males arrive first and wait for the females to meet them. They are monogamous and would almost always reencounter their partner. They lay one big egg between the months of April and June and incubate it for about 2 months. They tend to move their egg when incubating them, which seems to improve the hatching success. In occasions, they have been seen abandoning the egg, and after, being adopted by another couple and sometimes, by another species.

When the parents go fishing, the chicks congregate together probably to reduce the chance of being preyed upon. When the parents come back and call their chicks, they answer back with unique tones for recognition. Parents feed the chicks about 2kg of an oily nutritious substance made out of digested fish and squid.This substance can be carried by the parents for as long as a week, improving its nutritional value over time. The young Albatross would be ready to fly by January.

This bird, like many other marine species, needs to excrete the extra salt they ingest when feeding. They have evolved a nasal gland on the beak in order to do so.

They are considered critically endangered due to their delicate and fragile due to their sole nesting area. There are 35 thousand pairs and they can live up to fifty years.

This bird is endemic to the Galapagos Islands, and the largest colony of the world is located on Española Island.

They have chosen Española Island for a couple of possible reasons. First of all is their need of flat landing areas located near cliffs for easy takeoff.  The Albatross long wings and weight are a challenge in both processes. Española Island, being highly eroded, has many flat fields and precipices around its coasts that make it a perfect location for meeting and nesting. However, they are considered one of the best flyers due to theuse of wind speed to travel really long distances with relatively low energy consumption.

Another reason is the fact that these birds relatives are found in cold water locations where the food availability is relatively similar to the coasts where the Humboldt Currenthits,  south of the islands.

This species has one of the most famous and amazing courtship rituals of all birds in the Galapagos. They perform a spectacular mating dance based on bill circling and bowing, upraising the beak to the sky and clacking the beaks together. Thisdance is complex and takes the birds some time to perfect it. After the first time the couple mates, the ritual in the next breeding seasons and encounters would be less elaborate.

The colonies are deserted from the months of January to March. Males arrive first and wait for the females to meet them. They are monogamous and would almost always reencounter their partner. They lay one big egg between the months of April and June and incubate it for about 2 months. They tend to move their egg when incubating them, which seems to improve the hatching success. In occasions, they have been seen abandoning the egg, and after, being adopted by another couple and sometimes, by another species.

When the parents go fishing, the chicks congregate together probably to reduce the chance of being preyed upon. Whenthe parents come back and call their chicks, they answer back with unique tones for recognition. Parents feed the chicks about 2kg of an oily nutritious substance made out of digested fish and squid.This substance can be carried by the parents for as long as a week, improving its nutritional value over time. The young Albatross would be ready to fly by January.

This bird, like many other marine species, needsto excrete the extra salt they ingest when feeding. They have evolved a nasal gland on the beak in order to do so.

They are considered critically endangered due to their delicate and fragile due to theirsolenestingarea. There are 35 thousand pairs and they can live up to fifty years.

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