Story: Albatrosses

Nesting Campbell albatross chicks

Nesting Campbell albatross chicks

Albatross chicks are covered in down. They have stomachs large enough to store the big meals, which need to keep them going for several days between feeds. They are like large, fluffy hot-water bottles filled with oily liquid. Before they fledge their proportions will change considerably – their wings will undergo a growth spurt, and the down will be replaced by feathers.

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Paul Sagar, 'Albatrosses - Life history', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 July 2024)

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