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Featured article review needed[edit]

Replaced outdated "oldest albatross" statement[edit]

I replaced a sourced statement statement that said:

... the oldest recorded [albatross] being a northern royal albatross that was ringed as an adult and survived for another 51 years, giving it an estimated age of 61.

with a description of Wisdom (albatross), who was tagged 51 years ago and is currently 66. I used two National Geographic articles as sources as I was in hurry, but I encourage addition of more diverse references. For the record, the previous statement's source was:

<ref>{{cite journal | doi = 10.1071/MU9930269 | last1 = Robertson | first1 = C.J.R. | year = 1993 | title = Survival and longevity of the Northern Royal Albatross ''Diomedea epomophora sanfordi'' at Taiaroa Head" 1937–93 | journal = Emu | volume = 93 | issue = 4| pages = 269–276 }}</ref>

~ Jeff Q (talk) 09:27, 18 February 2017 (UTC)[reply]

I also removed the sentence following the earlier text:
Given that most albatross ringing projects are considerably younger than that, it is thought likely that other species will prove to live at least as long.
Without an explicit source, it sounds more like an deduction (see WP:SYNTHESIS), and doesn't seem to jibe with the sourced text on Wisdom the albatross. If someone has access to the Robertson work in Emu cited above, perhaps they see if it contains a similar statement, and rephrase the old text to fit the update. ~ Jeff Q (talk) 09:46, 18 February 2017 (UTC)[reply]
It was from Tickell or Brooke, if memory serves (it's been a while since I wrote this). 'll try and find it again, but I don't have all the books I had over a decade ago. Sabine's Sunbird talk 18:16, 18 February 2017 (UTC)[reply]
Checked ???? SandyGeorgia (Talk) 15:34, 1 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Albatross don't fly 10,000 miles non-stop[edit]

I removed the misleading statement that they fly 10,000 miles without landing... — Preceding unsigned comment added by SW3Cal (talkcontribs) 18:19, 9 September 2020 (UTC)[reply]

The article claims albatross fly 10,000 miles without landing, but they land on the water to feed and sleep. And they require a crosswind to glide as they do, so they must float around waiting for a fresh breeze when becalmed. SW3Cal (talk) 17:50, 6 September 2020 (UTC)[reply]

I subsequently replaced the one false statement from the original article with an entire paragraph that captures the spirit of what the original writer had in mind, but adds other interesting facts. I threw-in the claim about their being 'the most efficient travelers', so if anyone has any other candidates I'd be thrilled to hear about it, and adjust the entry as necessary!

Needs checking: [1] SandyGeorgia (Talk) 15:05, 1 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]


Sabine's Sunbird I see minor amounts of uncited text. Might you run through and make sure this older FA is up to snuff, so it can be marked “Satisfactory” at WP:URFA/2020 ? SandyGeorgia (Talk) 02:52, 23 November 2020 (UTC)[reply]

Adding to WP:FARGIVEN SandyGeorgia (Talk) 15:24, 1 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]


The Albatross is the bird used for the RAF crest, and for the 'wings' awarded to their pilots when they graduate. Too often mistaken for an eagle, the Albatross was chosen upon the formation of the airforce in 1919 because of it's remarkable endurance. Sarah Hanna 434 (talk) 17:20, 15 January 2024 (UTC)[reply]