Famed for their supreme adaptations to the marine environment, breeding on remote islands and spending most of their lives at sea flying immense distances, albatrosses have long impressed those who travel the oceans. This supremely detailed ornithological profile from naturalist W.L.N. Tickell presents a comparative account of the albatross family, drawn from his own fieldwork and a comprehensive review of the literature. He explores albatross natural history from a geographic point of view, describes their distribution and breeding biology as well as their molt, flight, behavior, and ecology, and concludes with a review of conservation and human attitudes toward albatrosses.
"This is unquestionably the definitive work on this group of birds, a book that has to be in every serious ornithological library and the collection of every seabird biologist and pelagic enthusiast in the world ... a superb book."—Bird Watcher's Digest