Chatham Albatross Thalassarche eremita

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Formerly considered part of the Shy Albatross (Thalassarche cauta) species-group, the Chatham Albatross is considered Vulnerable by BirdLife International and is confined as a breeder to a single rock in the Chatham Islands, off New Zealand. Its population is currently estimated to number approximately 11,000 mature adults, and the population is thought to be stable at present. The dark gray crown, throat and neck, and bright yellow bill with a dark tip, make this medium-sized albatross relatively distinctive. In our region, most of the population spend the non-breeding season off the coasts of Chile and Peru, although a few individuals apparently move west into the Indian Ocean, given a handful of recent records off South Africa.

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Recommended Citation

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