Family Albatrosses (Diomedeidae)


Salvin's Albatross (Thalassarche salvini)


French: Albatros de Salvin German: Salvinalbatros Spanish: Albatros de Salvin

Thalassogeron salvini


, 1893,

New Zealand


Until recently considered conspecific with T. cauta, T. steadi and T. eremita, but compared with eremita, to which it is very close genetically#R, has dull dusky olive-brown bill with yellowish culmen (3); pale grey hood (2); underwing typically with narrow white gap along leading edge of wing base (1) and some white in base of primaries (ns[1]); shorter tail and longer tarsus (allow 2); (compared with cauta and steadi) has dull duskier bill with dark mark at tip of lower mandible and duller yellowish culmen (3); pale grey hood (2); much less white in base of primaries (2); slightly smaller size#R (allow 1). Monotypic.

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S Indian and S Pacific Oceans, breeding on Crozet, Snares and Bounty Is. Breeding attempts in Kerguelen in recent years#R.

Descriptive notes

90–100 cm; male 3300–4900 g, female 3300–3700 g. Mid-sized, black-and-white albatross with dark thumbmark at base of leading edge of underwing. Adult has silver-grey crown,... read more


Unknown whether there are any differences from other members of T. cauta complex.


Marine; less pelagic than many albatrosses, frequently occurring over continental shelf and even... read more

Food and feeding

Diet relatively poorly known, but feeds mainly on cephalopods and fish, obtained by surface-seizing and by scavenging.


Annual, with eggs laid late Aug–Sept, hatching from third week of Oct (5–21 Nov in 1997 on Bounties, c. 29 Oct to 19 Nov in... read more


Ranges widely through S Pacific, mainly at 35–50° S, with large numbers found along the Peru... read more

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Overall population estimated at 61,500 mature individuals, or c. 90,000 total individuals. Breeds on Bounty Is (nine islands and islets), Western Chain islets of... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Salvin's Albatross (Thalassarche salvini). 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 17 June 2019).