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Rights: 3HEADEDDOG, licensed under Creative Commons 3.0 Published 17 December 2016 Size: 390 KB

The Auckland Islands are home to a diverse group of seabirds including a variety of albatross species. The southern royal albatross (Diomedea epomophora), with a specially adapted wingspan of up to 3.5 m, is one of the largest. These birds spend most of their life at sea and will circumnavigate the globe before returning to land to breed.

Why have albatross evolved to have large wingspans?

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