Quantcast

Black-browed Albatross

The Black-browed Albatross, Thalassarche melanophris, is a large seabird of the albatross family Diomedeidae. The subspecies, T. m.
melanophris, breeds in the Cape Horn area, the Falkland Islands and South Georgia. The subspecies, (T. m. impavida), breeds on Campbell Island. It can also be seen off the eastern American coastline. It is the most likely albatross to be found in the North Atlantic due to a northerly migratory tendency.

The Black-browed Albatross is 33 to 36 inches long with up to a 4.5 foot wingspan. It can be distinguished from the Wandering Albatross by the dark eye stripe which gives it its name and a broad black edging to the white underside of its wings. Adults have an orange-tipped yellow bill, but in young birds the bill is gray. Young birds also have a gray collar.

Although it is the most widespread and common of the albatrosses, the
Black-browed Albatross is listed on the IUCN (International Union for
Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources) Red List as an endangered species.

Black-browed Albatross


comments powered by Disqus