The Light-mantled Albatross is a striking, dark albatross of the Southern Ocean. It was formerly considered conspecific with the Sooty Albatross (P. fusca), the only other species in the genus Phoebetria. Like that species, it is dark brown overall, but Light-mantled is readily distinguished by its namesake, pale brown mantle. Differences in courtship display and timing of breeding prevent interbreeding in locations where the two co-occur. Light-mantled breeds from South Georgia Island east to Campbell and Antipodes islands, nesting biennially alone or in small colonies. In the non-breeding season, it disperses through the Southern Ocean north to central Chile and Argentina.