Yellow-nosed Albatross

Thalassarche chlororhynchos

Order

PROCELLARIIFORMES

Family

Albatross (Diomedeidae)

Code 4

YNAL

Code 6

THACHL

ITIS

Egg Color:

White



Number of Eggs:

1



Incubation Days:

78



Egg Incubator:

Both sexes



Nest Location:

On ground or on mounds of grass.



Nest Material:

Mud sometimes mixed with grass.



Migration:

Nonmigratory



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General

Yellow-nosed Albatross: Pelagic albatross with pale gray head, neck, and rump, black back and upperwings, white underparts and black margin around white underwings. Red-tipped black bill has a yellow patch on upper mandible. Sexes are similar. Juvenile resembles adult, except for all black bill and smaller eye patch.

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.

Breeding and Nesting

Yellow-nosed Albatross: One white egg is laid in a nest made of mud and incubated for 78 days by both sexes. Young remain in the nest for 130 days. One brood per year.

Foraging and Feeding

Yellow-nosed Albatross: Feeds at night on the ocean's surface on squid, cuttlefish, and other marine animals.

Vocalization

Yellow-nosed Albatross: Usually silent at sea. Breeding call is a high pitched sound and continual clattering and braying.

Similar Species

Yellow-nosed Albatross: Black-browed Albatross is larger, bulkier with yellow bill.

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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.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X