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Scientific name: Thalassarche cauta
Common name: Shy albatross
Phyulm Sub Phylum Class Sub Class Order Sub Order Family Sub Family Genus Species
Chordata Vertebrata Aves Not defined Procellariiformes Not defined Not defined Not defined Thalassarche Thalassarche cauta


Short Description:

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 

Size: The Shy Albatross averages 90 to 99 centimetres in length, 220–256 cm  wingspan and 4.1 kg in weight.
Behaviour: The Shy Albatross feeds by a combination surface-seizing and some pursuit diving - it has been recorded diving as deep as 5 m 
Distribution: non-breeding birds can be found throughout the southern oceans, but specifics are hard due to their similarity to the other species 
Diet: Fish, cephalapods, crustacea, and tunicates are the subsistence for this species. 
Habitat: The Shy Albatross is endemic to Australia and it breeds on three island colonies; Albatross Island, Pedra Branca, and the Mewstone. During the breeding season, adults concentrate around southern Australia and Tasmania.Juvenile birds are known to fly as far as South Africa
  • Two Oceans
    (A guide to the marine life of Southern Africa)
    GM Branch;CL Griffiths;ML Branch;LE Beckley
  • Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Similar Species:
  • None on database

Database Statistics
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Photographer Date City Area Dive site Temp Size Depth Camera Photo Video
Lloyd Edwards-(Port Elizabeth) 2009-09-17 Port Elizabeth Algoa Bay (PE)-Port Elizabeth General Coastline 16 900mm 0m Nikon D200 photo
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