Black-browed Albatross
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   The Black-browed Albatross is a medium sized albatross with a wing span of up to 94 inches.  The black-browed albatross can be found in all the southern oceans and is the most widespread and common of the albatross family. Its' name comes from the dark stripe above the eye.

  The Black-browed Albatross is circumpolar in the southern oceans and nests on about twelve islands throughout that range.                                                                                                      

The Black-browed Albatross feeds on fish, squid, crustaceans and carrion.

The Black-browed Albatross will mate for life. The mating ritual, usally initated by the male, consists of  an elaborate dance during which there is vocalization, bill crossing and tail fanning.

After mating, a nest will be built usually on the edge of a cliff or on steep slopes covered with tussock grass. One egg can be found in the nest between September and November. The incubation period is about 70 days.

The chicks will remain under the care of the adults for about 4 months before they are strong enough to fly and fend for themselves. 

Although the juveniles will return to the nesting ground after two or three years at sea, they do not start breeding until their tenth year.

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