14 September, 2009

Shy Albatross

Scientific Name: Thalassarche cauta

Population Estimate: 26K, Near Threatened status

Range / Habitat: Pelagic bird that breeds in the Auckland Islands of New Zealand and three islands off of Tasmania. When not breeding, widespread throughout the southern Pacific Ocean and Indian Ocean.

Field Notes: Small albatross with white head, neck and body. Bill grey with faint yellow tip. Upperwings and back dark. Underwings white with clear-cut, narrow black borders and small black triangular notch at base of the leading edge.

Personal Notes: Known as the Shy Mollymawk in New Zealand, with the above subspecies called the White-capped Mollymawk. Seen in Fiordland waters and the Foveaux Strait off Stewart Island. Later seen in Sydney Harbour.

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