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Royal Northern Albatross
Photo: Animals of New Zealand
Common Name: Royal Northern Albatross
Latin Name: Diomedea sanfordi
Characteristics: 115 cm, worlds largest flying bird with a wingspan of 3 metres.
Distribution: Common in the seas around the subantartic islands. In New Zealand they nest at Taiaroa Heads on the Otago Peninsula (Dunedin) which is the only mainland colony in the world.