Shy Albatross (species: Thalassarche cauta) in Tomaree NP (Gaia Guide)
Thalassarche cauta
Shy Albatross

©David Cook: Shy Albatross (Thalassarche cauta)

©Glen Fergus: Shy Albatross (Thalassarche cauta)

©Mark Jobling: Shy Albatross (Thalassarche cauta)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Procellariiformes
Family Diomedeidae
Genus Thalassarche
Species Thalassarche cauta
Status near threatened



Distinguishing features

It is a black, white and slate-grey bird with the characteristic black thumb mark at the base of the leading edge of the underwing. Adults have a white forehead and a crown, which is bordered on the bottom with a dark eyebrow and pale grey face. Its mantle, tail, and upperwing are grey-black, and the rest is white. Its bill is grey-yellow with a prominent yellow culmen and yellow tip. (Wikipedia)


  • From 90 cm to 100 cm (Length of specimen)


  • From 210 cm to 260 cm



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution: Shy Albatross (Thalassarche cauta)


The Shy Albatross feeds by a combination surface-seizing and some pursuit diving – it has been recorded diving as deep as 5 metres. Fish, cephalapods, crustacea, and tunicates are the subsistence for this species. (Wikipedia)

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