Black-browed Albatross

Thalassarche melanophris

Order

PROCELLARIIFORMES

Family

Albatross (Diomedeidae)

Code 4

BBAL

Code 6

THAMEL

ITIS

Egg Color:

White with red spots



Number of Eggs:

1



Incubation Days:

64 - 79



Egg Incubator:

Both sexes



Nest Location:

On ridge of cliff near water.



Nest Material:

Mud and grass



Migration:

Nonmigratory



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General

Black-browed Albatross: White head, neck and underparts, and black back and tail. Bill is yellow with red tip. Sexes are similar. Juvenile is dark gray and white with lighter gray collar and dark bill. Subadult resembles adult but bill is yellow-gray with a dark gray tip.

Range and Habitat

Black-browed Albatross: This species is common on the open sea in all oceans south of the equator, but rarely enters the Northern Hemisphere. During breeding, they can be found on twelve islands, including the Falklands, Macquarie Island, and McDonald Island. It occurs casually off the Atlantic Coast of North America. These birds prefer to nest on slopes or cliffs overlooking ocean.

Breeding and Nesting

Black-browed Albatross: Single egg, white with red spots, laid in a nest of mud and grass on slopes and cliffs overlooking the ocean. Incubation ranges from 64 to 79 days and is carried out by both parents.

Foraging and Feeding

Black-browed Albatross: Eats squid, cuttlefish, small fish, crustaceans and garbage from ships that it often follows.

Vocalization

Black-browed Albatross: Loud braying.

Similar Species

Black-browed Albatross: Yellow-nosed Albatross has black bill with yellow ridge and light gray head.

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

CollarX
Similar to the upper part of the human neck, located at the back of the crown.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X