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Salvin's Albatross Thalassarche salvini

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The Salvin’s Albatross is largely confined as a breeder to the islands of subantarctic New Zealand, but in the non-breeding season this species reaches the western coast of South America, where it is found off Chile and Peru. This is a medium-sized albatross with principally dark upperparts and pale below, and a gray-green bill topped by a yellow culmen ridge and tip. The species’ population is thought to be in rapid decline, despite the lack of introduced mammalian predators on this albatross’ breeding islands, mainly as a result of extreme weather events and longline fisheries. Salvin’s Albatross was formerly treated as a subspecies of the Shy Albatross (Thalassarche cauta).

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Recommended Citation

Salvin's Albatross (Thalassarche salvini), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: