Wandering Albatross Diomedea exulans


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Further resources

Additional information is available on the distribution of the Wandering Albatross from the Global Procellariiform Tracking Database (

Australian Govt - Action Plan for Australian Birds 2000 - Recovery Outline

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Media resources

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Species factsheet: Diomedea exulans. Downloaded from on 01/02/2023. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2023) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 01/02/2023.