Story: Albatrosses

Courtship

Albatrosses have complex courtship rituals, and young unpaired birds return to the colony in summer for several years before they are ready to breed. In this video, several northern royal albatrosses are gamming or socialising, and eventually this will lead to the formation of pairs. Once they start breeding, albatrosses generally stay with the same mate, as long as both birds return to the colony in time to start breeding. The great albatrosses breed every second year.

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Paul Sagar, 'Albatrosses - Life history', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/video/7061/courtship (accessed 4 June 2020)

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