Story: Albatrosses

Albatross head and bill (1st of 2)

Albatross head and bill

All albatrosses have a sturdy, long bill with a sharp, hooked tip. This enables them to tear their prey into pieces, to fight with other seabirds when competing for food, or to defend the nest from predators. On either side of the bill are tube-shaped nostrils. These serve as drains from their salt glands, and contribute to their well-developed sense of smell.

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Paul Sagar, 'Albatrosses - Albatrosses', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 June 2024)

Story by Paul Sagar, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015