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Old Sep 21, 2012, 05:44 AM
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Ah! Swiped from Wiki, but I couldn't find who wrote it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wandering_Albatross

"The Wandering Albatross has the largest wingspan of any living bird, typically ranging from 2.51 to 3.5 m (8 ft 3 in to 11 ft 6 in), with a mean span of 3.1 m (10 ft 2 in) in the Bird Island, South Georgia colony and an average of exactly 3 m (9 ft 10 in) in 123 birds measured off the coast of Malabar, New South Wales.[3][8][9] The longest-winged examples verified have been about 3.7 m (12 ft 2 in).[9] Even larger examples have been claimed, with two giants reportedly measuring 4.22 m (13 ft 10 in) and 5.3 m (17 ft 5 in) but these reports remain unverified.[9] As a result of its wingspan, it is capable of remaining in the air without beating its wings for several hours at a time (travelling 22 m for every metre of drop)."

Note the last sentence in parenthesis.

There is a second article that gives the same figure.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albatross

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