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Grey-headed Albatross, The Bird That Is Able To Fly Around the World In Just 46 days

Birds vary in wing size and aerodynamic, letting them fly far distances in a short amount of time, like the Grey-headed Albatross that is able to fly around the world is just a few months.

The grey-headed albatross or grey-headed mollymawk is an endangered large seabird that belongs to the albatross family. They build their nests on isolated and feed at high latitudes. Its name is derived from its ashy-grey head, throat and upper neck.

The grey-headed albatross grows to 81 cm in length and have a wingspan of 7.2 ft, with a weight ranging from 2.8 to 4.4 kg.


These birds a highly distributed in the Southern Ocean and create colonies on its different islands, they forge for their food within or close to the Antarctic Polar Frontal Zone.

Juveniles and non-breeding adults fly freely all about the Southern Ocean.

How are they able to fly around the world in 46 days?

The albatross is able to tract across the ocean without flapping its wings, instead they use their wings to sore great distances.

They have a tendon in each shoulder that locks their wings when spread out, which keeps them soaring across the sea breeze and also makes them not to flap their wings.

How do they get their food?

Like the vulture they eat corrasion and other seafood, they get their food through water diving, or surface seizing.


They live an average of 35 years of age, with an estimated 250,000 grey-headed albatrosses left in the world today.

Why do they fly such long distances?

Migration is part of a bird's instinct during the winter, and the grey-headed albatross takes a different migration path that makes them travel around the world.

Are they edible?

Yes, they are, but it's not advisable since they are scavengers and eat rotten meat.

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Albatross Antarctic Polar Frontal Southern Ocean


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