Black-Browed Albatross

The Black-browed Albatross inhabits islands established throughout the southern oceans. Islands in the region include South Georgia, South Sandwich and the Falkland Islands. Albatross’ are among some of the oldest living species of bird, with individuals reaching up to 70 years of age. As a medium-sized bird, average weight ranges from 6.4 to 10.4 lbs. (2.9 to 4.7 kg). Wingspans typically reach between 79 to 94 inches (200 to 239 cm) in length. Pelagic in nature, these birds spend a significant portion of their life living out at sea. Black-browed albatross will mate with the same partner for life. Favored breeding sites are: sloping regions along the coast rich in tussock grass. Typically, the same nesting site is used every year. Upon returning in September, females lay a single egg in October. Both sexes take turns incubating the egg for a period of roughly two months. At seven years, adults are considered fully mature.