Waved Albatross Portrait The Waved Albatross (Phoebastria irrorata) has a long, hooked bill of horny plates with a separate tubular nostril on both sides that is used to secrete excess salt. The Waved Albatross returns to Espaņola Island at the end of March to breed and stays until the end of the year. After a chick hatches, downy and helpless, both parents care for it and feed it partly digested prey. The chick stays with its parents till it learns to fly and feed itself. Many pairs only breed on alternate years. If an egg breaks prematurely, they do not lay another that year. Punta Suarez, Espanola.
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