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Alternative names: Shy Mollymawk; White-capped Albatross
Length 99cm. Wingspan 198-256cm.
The Tasmanian Shy/White-capped Albatross (T. c. cauta) breeds on Albatross Rock in Bass Strait and the Mewstone and Pedra Branca off south Tasmania. Disperses to seas off southern Australia and present all year off Tasmania, Victoria and southern New South Wales, less commmonly west to Fremantle and north to northern Queensland.
The Auckland White-capped Albatross (T. c. steadi) breeds only on the Auckland and Antipodes islands of New Zealand. Many of these subspecies disperse further than the Tasmanian Shy Albatross and can occur throughout the Southern Oceans north to about 25 degrees south occurring on both coasts of South America and off South Africa.
Has occurred as vagrant on the northern hemisphere.
 Diomedea vs. Thalassarche
Genera Phoebastria and Thalassarche formerly placed in the Diomedea, but now considered by virtually all authorities (Clements, Howard & Moore, AOU, BOU, SACC) to be separate genera in light of Nunn et al. (1996) and Penhallurick & Wink (2004).
Present at breeding sites April-August, otherwise at sea and often follows ships.
Begins late September-early October. Nest is a large bowl made of mud, excreta, vegetable matter and feathers. Single egg, white marked with red-brown at larger end (106 x 67mm). Incubated by both parents for about 55-60 days and young fed by both parents. Fledges after 5 months.
Squid and fish, sometimes refuse from ships.
Cackling and bill-clattering on breeding grounds.
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