Yellow-nosed Albatross

Thalassarche chlororhynchos

Order

PROCELLARIIFORMES

Family

Albatross (Diomedeidae)

Code 4

YNAL

Code 6

THACHL

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Endangered

The Yellow-nosed Albatross is an Endangered species. It is a native of Angola, Argentina, Brazil, Mozambique, Namibia, Saint Helena, South Africa and Uruguay and it also has vagrant populations in Australia, the Falkland Islands, New Zealand and the United States. Total global counts place the population at roughly 27,500 to 41,600, but such data is approaching thirty years old and actual counts of individual colonies show a pattern of decline paced at approximately one perent per year. The main threats to the species come from its very limited breeding range and from incidental mortality due to longline fishery operations. The species is primarily a marine one, but breeds on nests crafted of tussock grass which are located on rocks or beneath trees.

SUMMARY

Overview

Yellow-nosed Albatross: Pelagic albatross with pale gray head, neck, rump, black back, upperwings, white underparts and black margin around white underwings. Red-tipped black bill has yellow patch on upper mandible. Gray legs, feet. Glides and soars for hours with minor adjustments to wing position.

 

Range and Habitat

Yellow-nosed Albatross: Found throughout the South Atlantic Ocean and Gulf coasts. Has been recorded off the coast of Argentina, Brazil and the west coast of southern Africa. Breeds in lush, dense vegetation from coastal plateaus up to elevations of about 500 meters, and is found out in the open ocean during the non-breeding season, in warmer waters than most albatross species.

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Yellow-nosed Albatross SONGS AND CALLS

Yellow-nosed Albatross Silent

Generally silent except on breeding grounds.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"clack, clack, clack, clack"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Albatrosses can fly for miles without flapping their wings. They let winds and rising air currents do the work for them.
  • A group of albatrosses are known collectively as a "flight", "rookery", and "weight" of albatrosses.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Artist

Yury Lisyak

HELP ME IDENTIFY A BIRD

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UnderpartsX

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

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.
RumpX
The area between the uppertail coverts and the back of the bird.
Upper mandibleX
The upper part of the bill.
FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X