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BLACK BROWED ALBATROSS (Diomedea melanophrys)
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Black-browed albatross


Black-browed albatross           Diomedea melanophrys

The most common albatross seen off S.E. Australia. The Campbell Island race (with yellow eye) is seen offshore from Lord Howe Island on boat cruises autumn and winter.

Characteristics: Length 90cm; wingspan 230cm; bill yellow-orange with pink tip, 11cm; weight 3kg. Adults: head, neck, rump, underparts white; thin black eyebrow. Mantle, upperwing, tail black; underwing white with broad black leading edge, tip and trailing edge black. Juvenile: as adult but underwing mostly black; grey collar and crown; bill black-brown.

Habitat: Breeds on subantarctic islands and seen around LHI autumn and winter.

Reproduction: coned shaped nest of earth and vegetation; 1 egg, incubation 71 days; fledging 120 days.

Food: squid, fish, crustaceans, offal from boats.

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