Where Can You See The Royal Albatross?

albatross-on-nestsThe Royal Albatross is a graceful giant with a wingspan of up to three meter or even more. These renowned ocean wanderers, these birds, travel very far from their breeding grounds in search for food. They can cover up to an astonishing 190,000 kilometers a year. These birds feed mostly on remote islands and spend their entire lives at the sea, landing on the water to feed or sleep. The Albatross is the largest birds in the world and there are two major types of albatross, the wandering and the royal. The royal albatross is further sub-classified into sub-categories that are the southern albatross and the northern albatross. The difference between the two species is that the southern ones are much bigger in size than the northern ones.

The toroa breed of these albatross lives in New Zealand waters. They nest on the Chatham Islands and also at Taiaroa Head peninsula, one of the only two places in the world where albatross breed at a mainland place. so if you visit this place is an assurance that you will not miss out seeing an albatross.

The second places where these birds breed and live are Campbell and Auckland islands, which are some of the world’s most important birds sanctuaries where you will find a diverse ecology and numerous other species.

This bird’s species is said to be endangered; thus it is our responsibility to take care of their habitats so as to improve the living standards of this royal bird. Remember, if you see an injured or a dead albatross, it is good to report the matter to the authorities in order for them to determine the cause of the injury or even death.

Certain fishing practices like long line fishing should be discouraged since this fishing style destroys the ecological niche of this bird’s species. You can help out by writing a letter to the authorities urging them to change destructive fishing styles and by doing this, you will have helped a great deal in saving the bird.

Another thing one can do in order to feel a sense of participation in protecting this bird’s species is by supporting the projects geared towards their protection like fencing the sanctuary. You can contribute towards fencing the sanctuary by just giving out money or even fencing materials and by doing so, you will have contributed towards protection of this species.

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Birds Species near Extinction

The world conservation Union recently revealed that about 12% of all bird species are threatened with extinction. Climate change, widespread loss of habitat, and increasing population of invasive species are destroying the birds’ population at alarming rate. According to a study conducted by Stafford biologists, by the year 2100, more than 14% of all species will cease to exist, and additional 15% could be in danger of vanishing. It implies that, decomposition, seed dispersal, pollination, and other key ecosystem processes will drop as well. Most of the people neglect this because, they think, they will be long dead by that time. However, when analyzing this fact maturely, it easy to note that the next generation might be affected. This article will review some of the beautiful rare bird species on the edge of extinction.

Black stilt

black-stiltIt is native to New Zealand. Black stilt is a large wader species, which is on the rim of extinction, despite two decades of devoted protection effort. In the year 1981, they were down to 23 birds. The population has not even reached the100 mark currently. The greatest threat for these bird species is the constructions of hydroelectric power stations. Since canals have replaced most rivers, these birds are forced to nest on other areas that do not offer protection to predators or rich food supply. These species take at least two years to become mature. Therefore, the possibility of the chicks living long enough to find a mate is minimal in their current situation.

Ivory-Billed woodpecker

This highly endangered species is among the most fascinating birds in the globe. With its long ivory-bill and tuxedo-like markings, it is a showstopper. Males have red splash on the side of their heads making them more beautiful. They were once countless of them in the virgin forests in southeastern of USA. However, due to destruction of their habitat and hunting by predators, their numbers have reduced nearly to zero. In 2004, there were a few of them remaining.

Gorgeted Puffleg

It belongs to hummingbird species. Gorgeted pufflrg was discovered in 2005. Since then, it has been listed among the critically endangered bird species. These brightly-colored birds are Endemic to Columbia. Their natural habitat has been destroyed almost completely. They are now left with a minuscule area. These birds are found in the cloud forest of the amazing Serrania del Pinche Mountain range. The report of Science Daily indicates that more than 8% of this forest is cleared to grow coca.

Medium Tree Finch

The specie belongs to the group of Darwin finch. It is only found in the islands of Galapagos. A species of fly, philornis downsi was accidentally introduced in the region. The fly species lay their eggs in the bird nests. Parasitic larvae after hatching live in the nest, feeding on the nestlings blood and flesh at night. Medium Tree Finch only lay 2 to 3 eggs at a time, and the flies are destroying them. The explains why the bird is in the list of the protected birds

All About Albatross- For Bird Fanatics!

albatrossFor all the bird enthusiasts out there, an albatross aloft can be a breathtaking sight. Named for its short tail with a black bar at the end, this large seabird also known as “mollymawks” begins life with majestic blackish brown feathers and light pinkish yellow legs. As it grows up, its feathers turn white, leaving just black borders to the wings and a tinge of rust orange on the nape and crown. The feet are blue and the bill is big and pink, attaining a blue edge with age.

Anatomy

Did you know it is one of the largest birds in the sky as the wingspan of the male Albatross can reach more than 3.5 meters in length, which means it has the biggest wingspan of any other bird. It is an easily detectable bird with a body that is approximately more than 1 meter long in size.

Distribution

This large species is found throughout the southern and northern Pacific and also in the colder Antartica regions. It belongs to the Diomedeidae family along with other sea birds including fulmars, diving petrels, storm petrels and shearwaters. There are approximately 22 different species of Albatross found in the southern seas, but unfortunately 19 such species are believed to be threatened with extinction today.

Habitat

This unique bird is air bound and spends its entire life gliding above the sea waves and is well known to fly thousands of miles in very less time. During breeding season, the family returns to a dry land where they nest in huge colonies on the cliffs of rocky, remote islands inside the Antarctic Tundra.

Birdwatching

For Albatross encounter, bird watching in Kaikoura, located on the east coast New Zealand is consideeed to be one of the world’s most astounding marine watching areas. The reason being the plethora of marine birds that can be viewed just off what is a spectacularly mesmerizing coastline. In addition to this, bird watchers can also view them on the coasts of South America, South Africa, Australia, Galapagos islands, California, Alaska, Hawaii and Japan.

So go and enjoy the close up of these majestic birds as they are simply enthralling and worth watching.