Northern Royal albatross pair showing courting display. Photo copyright: Tui De Roy (DOC USE ONLY).

Northern Royal albatross pair showing courting display.

A toroa in flight is an unforgettable spectacle. The toroa or royal albatross is a graceful giant with a wing span of over three metres. Renowned ocean wanderers, they travel vast distances from their breeding grounds to feed – as much as 190,000 kilometres a year. They breed mainly on remote islands and spend at least 85 percent of their lives at sea, landing on water to feed or sleep. Along with the wandering albatross, royal albatross are the largest seabirds in the world.

View the Royal albatross/toroa factsheet (PDF, 162K).

 
 

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