Family Albatrosses (Diomedeidae)


Campbell Albatross (Thalassarche impavida)


French: Albatros de Campbell German: Campbellalbatros Spanish: Albatros impávido

Thalassarche melanophris impavida


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Until recently considered conspecific with T. melanophris, but differs in its pale vs dark eye (3); generally greyer face (1); reduced area of white on underwing, forming relatively narrow white line within black (1); smaller size with a relatively shorter bill, published data#R indicating effect size 4.09 (2) yet slightly longer tarsus (effect size 1.33, score 1) and considerably lighter weight#R. Genetic analyses support treatment of impavida as a distinct species#R. Evidence of sympatric breeding with T. melanophris#R is inconclusive, amounting to mixed pairs reported on Campbell I#R#R. Monotypic.

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Subtropical to Antarctic S Pacific Ocean, breeding on Campbell I (S of New Zealand).

Descriptive notes

88–90 cm; male 2750–3800 g, female 2200–3150 g; wingspan 205–240 cm. Medium-sized, black-and-white albatross with black triangle around eye that reaches base of bill. Adult... read more


Subtle differences in vocalizations between T. melanophris and the present species... read more


Much as for T. melanophris.

Food and feeding

Thought to be largely similar to T. melanophris but few specific data appear to have been published, other than the comment that... read more


Annual, starting from early Aug, when birds return to colony, followed by pre-laying exodus of c. 10 days (at least in females), thereafter... read more


Range at sea of young T. impavida probably concentrated on S Australian waters, the Tasman... read more

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Population most recently (1995–1997) estimated at 24,600 pairs on Campbell I (where also c. 30 pairs of T. melanophris), where many more prior to 1970s (... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Campbell Albatross (Thalassarche impavida). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 14 October 2019).