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Buller's Albatross Thalassarche bulleri

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The Buller’s Albatross is a member of the southern hemisphere group of albatross called the “mollymawks”. All species are fairly similar, being dark above, light below, with brightly colored bills. Buller’s Albatross is best distinguished from the other mollymawks by its characteristic underwing pattern; a thick black bar on the leading edge of the wing and very thin black line on the trailing edge. The species has a fairly restricted distribution. It breeds on four islands off the coast of New Zealand and only feeds in the South Pacific generally in the 40º latitude band, the ‘roaring 40s’ where sustained strong winds allow it to effortlessly travel great distances in search of cephalopods.

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Recommended Citation

Buller's Albatross (Thalassarche bulleri), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/bulalb2