Black-browed Albatross (Thalassarche melanophrys)

Order: Procellariformes | Family: Diomedeidae | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Coast of Australia

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Coast of South Africa

Age: Immature|Juvenile | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Coast of Brazil, Chile

Age: Immatures | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Coast of Brazil

Identification & Behavior: ~85 cm (33.4 in). The adult Black-browed Albatross is mostly white with dark brown back an inconspicuous blackish eyebrow. The underside of the wing is white with a broad and irregular black edging (leading edge) and a narrow black edging on the trailing edge. The bill is yellow-orange. Immature birds have a brown bill, a gray collar across the breast, and gray instead of white underside of the wing. The color pattern is very similar to that of a Kelp Gull but is distinguished by a much larger size and longer and narrower wings. Also, see the larger Waved Albatross.

Status: The Black-browed Albatross is rare to uncommon in pelagic waters. It also occurs in Ec, Br, and Ch.

Name in Spanish: Albatros de Ceja Negra.

Sub-species: Black-browed Albatross (Thalassarche melanophrys melanophrys), (Temminck), 1828.

Meaning of Name: Phoebastria: Gr. phoebetria, phoibastria= prophetess, soothsayer.
thalassarche: Gr. thalassa, thalasses= sea and arkhe, arkho= power, command, to govern.

See more of the Family Diomedeidae  peru aves

Distribution Mapblack-browed albatross
Voice Generally silent at sea.


    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. on 03/01/2017.