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With its large wings, the albatross uses wind currents to aid in extended flights.
With its large wings, the albatross uses wind currents to aid in extended flights. This bird utilizes a unique method of flight called dynamic soaring, usually only flapping its wings on takeoff and landing. In order to take off, the albatross takes a running start with outstretched wings. In calm weather, this bird floats in the ocean.
CLASS: Aves (birds)
ORDER: Procellariiformes (tube-nosed seabirds)
FAMILY: Diomedeidae (albatrosses)
GENUS/SPECIES: Four genera with about 20 species
Size: 2–4 ft (0.6– 1.2 m); wingspan up to 11 ft (3.4 m)
Weight: 10–20 lbs (4.5–9 kg)
Diet: Fish, crustaceans, octopuses, and squid
Habitat: Southern hemisphere from Antarctica to Australia, South Africa, and South America; North Pacific, from Hawaii To Japan, California, and Alaska