Black-browed Albatross (species: Thalassarche melanophris) in Birds of Argentina (Gaia Guide)
Thalassarche melanophris
Black-browed Albatross

©J.J. Harrison: Black-browed Albatross (Thalassarche melanophris)

©David Longhorn: Black-browed Albatross (Thalassarche melanophris)

©J.J. Harrison: Black-browed Albatross (Thalassarche melanophris)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Procellariiformes
Family Diomedeidae
Genus Thalassarche
Species Thalassarche melanophris
Status endangered



Distinguishing features

It can have a natural lifespan of over 70 years. It has a dark grey saddle and upperwings that contrast with the white rump, and underparts. The underwing is predominantly white with broad, irregular, black margins. It has a dark eyebrow and a yellow-orange bill with a darker reddish-orange tip.

Juveniles have dark horn-colored bills with dark tips, and a grey head and collar. They also have dark underwings. The features that distinguish it from other mollymawks (except the closely related Campbell Albatross) are the dark eyestripe which gives it its name, a broad black edging to the white underside of its wings, white head and orange bill, tipped darker orange. (Wikipedia)


  • Up to 85 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Up to 240 cm



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

The Black-browed Albatross is circumpolar in the southern oceans, and it breeds on 12 islands throughout the southern oceans. In the Atlantic Ocean, it breeds on the Falklands, Islas Diego Ramírez, and South Georgia. In the Pacific Ocean it breeds on Islas Ildefonso, Diego De Almagro, Islas Evangelistas, Campbell Island, Antipodes Islands, Snares Islands, and Macquarie Island. Finally in the Indian Ocean it breeds on the Crozet Islands, Kerguelen Islands, Heard Island, and McDonald Island.

This particular species of albatross prefers to forage over shelf and shelf-break areas. Falkland Island birds winter near the Patagonian Shelf, and birds from South Georgia forage in South African waters, using the Benguela Current, and the Chilean birds forage over the Patagonian Shelf, the Chilean Shelf, and even make it as far as New Zealand. (Wikipedia)


The Black-browed Albatross feeds on fish, squid, crustaceans, carrion, and fishery discards. This species has been observed stealing food from other species. (Wikipedia)

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