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Subantarctic Black-browed Albatross

Sub-Antarctic Black-browed Albatross (Thalassarche melanophris)


Subantarctic Black-browed Albatross
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Circumpolar in distribution with main breeding sites in the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Chile, with 70% of the breeding population occurring in the Falkland Islands. Ranges widely through southern oceans and into subtropical waters. More common in Kaikoura waters than impavida, however this species is predominantly sighted during the winter months.

There are 2 species of black-browed albatross which are almost identical in flight. They are distinguished from one another by eye colouration. The Campbell Island albatross has a distinctive pale yellow iris whilst the Sub-Antarctic black-browed has a dark coloured eye.

They feed aggressively around fishing boats for scraps of food. Black-browed albatross are especially vulnerable to being caught on the baited hooks from longliners.