Salvin’s Albatross (Thalassarche salvini)

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Coast of Lima, Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Quintero, Chile

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Quintero, Chile

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

Identification & Behavior: ~95 cm (37.4 in). The adult Salvin’s Albatross has a dark brown back. The underside of the wing is white bordered by a narrow black edging on the leading and trailing edges. The head and neck are light gray, with a pale forehead. The bill is grayish with a dull yellowish ridge along the culmen and a black tip. The juvenile has a duller bill and similar underwing plumage pattern as the adult. The color pattern is very similar to that of a Buller’s Albatross but is distinguished by having a dull yellowish bill and a narrow black edging on the underwing. Also, see Gray-headed Albatross.

Status: The Salvin’s Albatross is fairly common and along with the Waved Albatross is the Albatross most likely to be seen on a pelagic trip in Peru. It also occurs in Ch.

Name in Spanish: Albatros de Salvin.

Sub-species: Salvin’s Albatross (Thalassarche salvini), (Rothschild), 1893.

Meaning of Name: Thalassarche: Gr. thalassa, thalasses= sea and arkhe, arkho= power, command, to govern. salvini: In honor of Osbert Salvin (1835-1898) English ornithologist, Curator of Ornithology, Cambridge University 1874-1882, collector.

See more of the Family Diomedeidae  peru aves

Distribution Mapsalvin's albatross
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.