Black-browed Albatross Thalassarche melanophris

  • Order: Procellariiformes
  • Family: Diomedeidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
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The Black-browed Albatross is a robust mollymawk, a popular name for smaller albatrosses in the genus Thalassarche. The white head, dark back, and orange-tipped yellow bill of adults are diagnostic and recall a large, dark-backed gull. This species often feeds in the company of other seabirds, sometimes following boats or cetaceans. It is more frequent close to shore than other seabirds, often coming into harbors or bays and once even was observed feeding on a lake 35 km inland in Tierra del Fuego. Pairs nest annually in large colonies, using a large nest of mud and grass placed on the ground.

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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Black-browed Albatross (Thalassarche melanophris), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: