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Royal Albatross feeding chick

Royal Albatross feeding chick

Taiaroa Head, Royal Albatross colony

April 11, 2005

For the first 20 days the chick is fed on demand, then meals decrease to three or four times a week. At 100 days the chick's down reaches a maximum length of 12 centimetres. At this age the chick is fed larger meals, up to two kilograms at a time, of more solid substance. From early August the chick is fed lighter meals and in September, when fully fledged, it wanders from the nest testing its outstretched wings and eventually takes off.
Royal Albatross Colony Otago Peninsula Website

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