French: Albatros brun German: Rußalbatros Spanish: Albatros ahumado
Other common names:
Dark-mantled Sooty Albatross
S Atlantic Ocean and S Indian Ocean, breeding from Tristan da Cunha and Gough E to Kerguelen, and Amsterdam and St Paul.
84–89 cm; male 2200–3250 g, female 2100–2800 g; wingspan 203 cm. Long, narrow, pointed wings and long, wedge-shaped tail distinguish present genus from... read more
Main vocalization is a two-syllable Sky-call, described as “heart-rending” and given on or near... read more
Marine and pelagic, rarely approaching land except at colonies. Breeds on remote oceanic islands,... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly cephalopods (Kondakovia longimana, Moroteuthis), with small proportions of fish, crustaceans and carrion, e.g.... read more
Biennial, when successful, with 83% of failed breeders nesting in following season; starts Jul/Aug, with copulation on average two weeks... read more
Disperses over temperate waters of S Atlantic and Indian Oceans mainly at 30°–60° S,... read more
Status and conservation
ENDANGERED. World population previously estimated at 15,000–21,000 pairs, or 80,000–100,000 birds, of which 5000–10,000 pairs at Gough I, 4125–5250... read more
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