Sooty Albatross (species: Phoebetria fusca) in Birds of Argentina (Gaia Guide)
Phoebetria fusca
Sooty Albatross

©NSW Government, Australia: Sooty Albatross (Phoebetria fusca)

©Eric Woehler: Sooty Albatross (Phoebetria fusca) chick
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Procellariiformes
Family Diomedeidae
Genus Phoebetria
Species Phoebetria fusca
Status endangered



Distinguishing features

It is sooty-brown with darker shading on the sides of its head. It has a white crescent above and behind its eye. Its bill is black with an orange or yellow sulcus. The tail of this albatross is wide diamond shaped.

Juveniles are similar to adults, although they can have paler feathers on the nape and upper back, possibly creating confusion with Light-mantled Sooty Albatross. (Wikipedia)


  • Up to 85 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Up to 200 cm



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution: Sooty Albatross (Phoebetria fusca)

Distribution and habitat preferences

This albatross nests on islands in the southern Atlantic Ocean (Gough Island and the Tristan da Cunha group) and Indian Ocean (Prince Edward Island, Marion Island, the Crozet Islands, Amsterdam Island, and Kerguelen Islands). They forage in both oceans north to about 30°S.


Their diet consists of squid, crustaceans, cephalopods, fish, and carrion. (Wikipedia)

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