Black-browed Albatross

Thalassarche melanophris

Order

PROCELLARIIFORMES

Family

Albatross (Diomedeidae)

Code 4

BBAL

Code 6

THAMEL

ITIS

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ILLUSTRATION

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CONSERVATION STATUS

Unknown

The Black-browed Albatross is a medium-sized seabird found mostly in the Northern Atlantic. Its lifespan can be as long as 70 years, and will sometimes migrate north in summer months. These birds breed in the areas of Cape Horn, the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the Indian Ocean Islands. The Black-browed Albatross is the most common and well-distributed albatross, and is distinguished by the dark upperwings and dark tail band. It is named due to the dark line above its eyes. This species is currently classified as Endangered. Populations are showing a decreasing trend due to climate and habitat changes, as well as fishing activities within their natural habitat.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Black-browed Albatross: White head, neck, underparts, and black back, tail. Yellow bill with red tip, pale pink-gray legs and feet. Easily identified by black tail, stiff wing beats and long narrow pointed wings. Soars effortlessly for long periods of time, may circle and glide for long distances.


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.

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INTERESTING FACTS

  • They are long-lived birds surviving 30 years or more and have a strong attachment to their colony of birth.
  • They will tolerate other bird species near their nests but other albatrosses are not allowed closer than about one and a half meters.
  • When landing, the Black-browed Albatross lowers its webbed feet and uses them as brakes to slow its flight.
  • A group of albatrosses are known collectively as a "flight", "rookery", and "weight" of albatrosses.

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RANGE MAP

CERange Map for Black-browed Albatross

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

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CREDITS

Author

Jane Wright

Artist

Yury Lisyak

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UnderpartsX
Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.
FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
PelagicX
The pelagic is a type of bird whose habitat is on the open ocean rather than in a coastal region or on inland bodies of water (lakes, rivers). An example of a pelagic bird is the blacklegged kittiwake.
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