Story: Petrels

Biggest petrel (2nd of 2)

Biggest petrel

The largest petrels are in the albatross family, the biggest of all being the southern royal albatross (seen here on Campbell Island). Its wing span can be up to 3.5 metres, and adult males weigh between 8 and 11 kilograms.

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Kerry-Jayne Wilson, 'Petrels - Petrels', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 June 2024)

Story by Kerry-Jayne Wilson, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015