English Name Royal Albatross
Scientific Name Diomedea epomophora
German Name Königsalbatros
Spanish Name Albatros Real
French Name Albatros royal
Royal Albatross
Peters Family Name DIOMEDEIDAE:Albatrosses Order 62.5
Sibley Monroe Family Name PROCELLARIIDAE(Diomedeinae):Albatrosses Order 3992.5
Gill Family Name DIOMEDEIDAE:Albatrosses Order 102.5
New 2013 Family Name DIOMEDEIDAE:Albatrosses Order 70.0
English Synonyms
#Note:The mtDNA tree in Robertson & Nunn,1998,in Robertson & Gales (eds),Albatross Biology and Conservation,p.17,places D.chionoptera as a sister-clade to D.amsterdamensis;these in turn join with a node formed by D.gibsoni and D.antipodensis.All four of
Authority Lesson 1825
Habitat marine, pelagic & aerial.breeds islands & NZ mainland
Breeding "Most eggs laid in Nov-Dec,chicks hatch in Feb-Mar & fledge after 8 months in Oct-Nov."
Migratory,possibly circumpolar, with records from all sectors of Southern Ocean. Leave colonies when young fledge. sanfordi 8 Sept-13 Oct; epomophora 6 Oct-12 Dec. During first year at sea juvenile epomophora from Campbell Island first disperse to New Zealand and Chilean waters, where recovered Nov.-Feb.;then to southwest Atlantic Ocean off Argentina, where most recovered following winter and spring. Movements across Pacific probably rapid because several recoveries from Chile in Dec. One recovered West Australia four months after fledging suggest possibility of circumpolar movements within one year. But most immatures appear to stay in or return to southwest Atlantic for several years. Recoveries from southern Indian Ocean suggest birds move back to New Zealand in eastward direction. Adult sanfordi recovered sw Atlantic after successful breeding suggests long-range dispersal of adults between successive breeding sessions, at least if successful. Adult epomophora recovered New Zealand (44%), Chile (7%), sw Atlantic 30%),probable main wintering areas of breeders after successful breeding season: south Indian Ocean and southeast Australia. Circumpolar movements likely. African sector apparently important wintering area for sanfordi. Main wintering areas in South Atlantic, off Argentina. On return, males usually return before females. At Taiaroa Head,males return 2 Oct-7 Nov; females 12 Oct-18 Nov.