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The Diomedeidae or Wandering albatross, snowy albatross, white-winged albatross or goonie (Diomedea exulans) is a large seabird from the family Diomedeidae, which has a circumpolar range in the Southern Ocean.

The Diomedeidae or Wandering albatross breeds on South Georgia Island, Crozet Islands, Kerguelen Islands, Prince Edward Islands, and Macquarie Island, is seen feeding year round off the Kaikōura Peninsula on the east coast of the South Island of New Zealand.

The wandering albatross mates for life and breeds every other year. At breeding time they occupy loose colonies on isolated island groups in the Southern Ocean.

Diomedeidae or Wandering albatross lay one egg that is white, with a few spots, and is about 3.9 in. long. They lay this egg between 10 December and 5 January. The nests are a large bowl built of grassy vegetation and soil peat, that is 1 metre wide at the base and half a metre wide at the apex.

Incubation takes about 11 weeks and both parents are involved. The 11-week incubation period is among longest of any bird. During the early stages of the chick’s development, the parents take turns sitting on the nest while the other searches for food.

Later, both Diomedeidae or Wandering albatross adults search for food and visit the chick at irregular intervals. They are a monogamous species, usually for life. Adolescents return to the colony within six years; however they will not start breeding until 11 to 15 years. About 31.5% of fledglings survive.