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Alternative name: Sooty Mollymawk
Length: 84-89cm (33-35 in). Wingspan: 195-205cm.
 Similar Species
Light-mantled Albatross - has paler upperparts extending from hindneck to rump contrasting with wings and at close range by blue stripe on lower mandible.
South Atlantic and southern Indian Oceans. Breeds on Tristan da Cunha and Gough Island in the Atlantic and in the Indian Ocean on Amsterdam, St Paul, Marion, Prince Edward, Crozet and Kerguelen Islands. Dispersing birds occur throughout the southern Atlantic and Indian Oceans between about 300S and 600S.
Colonial breeder on grassy clifftops on islands where present September to May, otherwise at sea. Often follows ships for long periods.
Breeds in southern summer. Nest is a large bowl made of mud and vegetable matter on steep hillside or in gully. Single egg, white marked with grey-brown speckles (101 x 66mm). 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.
Wild double-note to overhead birds from nest.
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