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Northern Royal Albatross | Diomedea sanfordi

The Northern Royal Albatross is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Diomedeidae bird family group which includes birds such as Albatrosses.

The description for the Northern Royal Albatross (Latin name Diomedea sanfordi) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Diomedea sanfordi can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of and the detailed description of this bird is on page 644. You will find a picture of the Northern Royal Albatross on page 641.

NOTE: The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition*. This edition contained a number of taxonomic changes as well as changes to English names used traditionally and in earlier editions of most bird books in South Africa. The following paragraph notes such changes if any.

There have been no changes in the common name between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition. There have been no changes in the Latin name for the Northern Royal Albatross between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition

The Northern Royal Albatross has a height of 107 cms and weighs around 6500 gms. The head is coloured white while the bill is coloured pink. The Diomedea sanfordi has a white coloured throat, pink legs and a white coloured back. The eyes are brown.

Take note of the bird's main distinguishing features such as colour, size and leg length relative to the body size of the bird. Colours of a bird's body parts can be helpful. Be aware what may appear brown to one person is described in Roberts Birds using some other word ... for example brown, black. See colours used in Roberts.

Head is white

Eyes are brown

Bill is pink

Legs are pink

Throat is white

Back is white

Feeding Habits ...

This bird has a specially adapted bill which helps it hunt for fish, crabs, shrimp and other aquatic animals in the water.

Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The Northern Royal Albatross is a very rare bird that can only be seen out at sea following fish vessels. It can be seen in the Atlantic Ocean and Indian Ocean.

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

The Northern Royal Albatross is mainly seen singly or in pairs in the wild.

The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition * edited by PAR Hockey, WRJ Dean and PG Ryan, published by "The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund."

copyright: Tony Roocroft +27-11-454-0105

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