Phoebetria palpebrata J.R. Forster, 1785, south of Cape of Good Hope. Monotypic.
OTHER COMMON NAMES
Wingspan 6.0–7.15 ft (183–218 cm); 6.1–8.1 lb (2.5–3.7 kg). Small, all dark albatross with paler mantle and a partial white eye-
Widely distributed throughout the southern oceans breeding at South Georgia, Marion, Prince Edward, Crozet, Kerguelen, Heard, Macquarie, Auckland, Campbell, and Antipodes Islands. Distributed at sea generally south of 40° latitude to the edges of Antarctica.
Marine. Generally breeding in isolated nests on sheltered steep slopes or cliff ledges close to a rock face.
Aerial displays and formation flying are a distinctive feature of courtship and pair-
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
Mainly solitary at sea, feeding by surface seizing or surface
plunging, chiefly for cephalopods and krill. Sometimes fish and carrion including remains of birds at sea. Some observed interaction with commercial fishing.
Lays one egg between October and November with the 2 week laying period being shorter than other albatrosses except the dark-
Data Deficient, not globally threatened. Tentatively estimated to have a world population of 30,000 breeding pairs. Main causes of nesting failure seem to be starvation and desertion by parents, which along with the length of foraging stints suggests a species with distant and restricted food sources. Incidence of fisheries bycatch not large.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS