Closely related to Light-mantled
Albatross but with a more restricted distribution.
Similar to Light-mantled Sooty Albatross but with
darker body feathers. Adult has heavier bill thab Light-mantled Sooty Albatross
with a creamy (almost off-white) to orange sulcus (cutting edge to upper
mandible) contrasting with the blue sulcus of Light-mantled Sooty
Albatross. Subadults may show paler nape than adults, reminiscent of Light-mantled
Sooty Albatross but pale color does not extend on lower mantle, back or
Where and When
Restricted to the South Atlantic and Southern Indian Ocean. Generally feed along the Subtropical Convergence and occasionally south of the Antarctic Convergence. Some reach Australia. One claim from SE Pacific.
Breed every other year on Subantarctic Islands
with an estimated world population of 15,000 pairs. Tristan da Cunha Group
(4-5000 pr), Gough Island (5-10,000 pr), Prince Edward Islands (2,700 pr),
Crozets (2,300 pr) with smaller numbers on Amsterdam Island, St Paul and