The “Wandering Albatross” has been declared as the bird with largest wingspan among all the living birds. Its wingspan on average ranges from 8.2 to 11.5 feet (2.51 to 3.50 meter). Read on this article for more information about:
- What is wingspan?
- Largest wingspan bird in the world
- Wandering Albatross Facts
- Second largest bird wingspan
- Marabou Stork facts
- Bird wingspan chart
Bird wingspan is the measurement of the length from the tip of the longest primary feather of the bird’s one wing to the tip of the longest primary feather of the other wing when the wings are in expanded position.
Bird With Largest Wingspan – Wandering Albatross
The “Wandering Albatross” has been declared as the bird with largest wingspan among all the living birds. Its wingspan on average ranges from 8.2 to 11.5 feet (2.51 to 3.50 meter). Larger wingspans of about 13.8 and 17 feet have been reported but they were not verified. The largest wingspan bird Wandering Albatross ever recorded was about 11 feet and 11 inches. Since it is a largest wingspan bird, which makes it a skilled gliding bird with the capability to float in the air for several hours without flapping its wings. It flies for about a distance of 22 meter for a single meter drop. One interesting fact about this largest wingspan bird in the world is that it also sleeps while flying!
Wandering Albatross Facts
Length: Ranges from 3.51 to 4.43 feet
Weight: Ranges from 5.9 to 12.7 kg
Wingspan: 8.2 to 11.5 feet
Color: Black and White wings
Males’ wings are whiter than females with black tips and trailing edges.
Pink bill and pink feet.
Life Span: More than 50 years
The Wandering Albatross is a large sea bird mostly found in the Southern Oceans in the circumpolar area. They live in the form of groups and have characteristic displays including whistles, scream and bill clapping. They hunt crustaceans, small fish and cephalopods at night. They also feed on animal refuse floating on the sea and are often found trailing ships for refuse.
Bird With Second Largest Wingspan
The Marabou Stork is a large walking bird that is sometimes considered as the largest wingspan bird with reported wingspan about 13.3 feet (4.06 meter)but Marabou Stork bird with largest wingspan ever verified was not more than 10.5 feet (3.19 meter). When relying on the verified facts the Marabou Stork can be regarded as second in the list of birds with longest wingspan. In addition it can have the credit of the land bird with the largest wingspan alongside the Andean Condor.
Marabou Stork facts
Height: 60 inches (152 cm)
Length: Ranges from bill to tail 47 to 51 inches
Weight: Ranges from 4.5 to 8 kg
Wingspan: 89 to 113 inches
Color and shape: Cloak shaped wings and back in black color
Skinny white legs
Marabou Stork is found in arid and wet habitats of Africa (South of Sahara desert), mostly near human habitat. It has very distinctive appearance due to which it is known as “Undertaker Bird” owing to the cloak shaped wings and back.
Bird wingspan list
Here is bird with largest wingspans chart for quick reference.
Birds with largest wingspan
|Wandering Albatross||8.2 to 11.5 feet|
|Marabou Stork||7.4 to 10.5 feet|
|Andean Condor||8.9 to 10.5 feet|
|Pelican||7.9 to 10 feet|
|California Condor||Up to 9.8 feet|
|Jabiru Stork||7.5 to 9.2 feet|
|Kori Bustard||7.5 to 9.02 feet|
|Whooper Swan||6.75 to 9 feet|
|Great Bustard||6.9 to 8.9 feet|
|Trumpeter swan||6.7 to 8 feet|
|Mute Swan||6.5 to 7.8 feet|
|Black Vulture||4.5 to 5.5 feet|
Wandering Albatross bird with largest wingspan video