The albatross is a variety of large seabird and is part of the Diomedeidae biological family. Albatrosses can be found in the North Pacific and Southern Ocean.
There are 21 species of albatross recognised by the World Conservation Union. Of those 21 species, 19 are endangered. The decline in the population is due to introduced species like rats that attack albatross eggs, feather harvesting in the past and pollution.
To view the majestic bird in action, New Zealand is home to an albatross colony and centre located at the foot of Taiaroa Head. More information on New Zealand's Royal Albatross Centre can be found at www.albatross.org.nz