Collier's New Encyclopedia (1921)/Albatross
ALBATROSS, a large sea bird, belonging to the procellaridæ, or petrol family. It is the diomedea exulans of Linnæus. When young it is of a sooty or brown color, but when mature it is white with black wings. It nests on elevated land, and lays numerous eggs, which are edible. S. of the Cape of Good Hope sailors call it the Cape sheep; sometimes, also, it is named the man-of-war bird. Everything about the great wandering albatross is vast—the wings are enormous, its flight is reckoned by the thousand miles. There is a northern species near Bering Straits.