Yellow-nosed AlbatrossThalassarche chlororhynchos

Yellow-nosed Albatross
Yellow-nosed Albatross
Yellow-nosed Albatross

Family

Description

Mainly resident in the southern Atlantic and Indian Oceans, this species sometimes strays north. It has been reported more than a score of times off our Atlantic and Gulf Coasts, mostly during summer. Generally far off the coast, but has been seen from shore more than once.

Similar Species

adult

Laysan Albatross

In total population, this species is much more numerous than Black-footed Albatross. However, it is seen less often off the west coast of North America (and generally farther offshore), although sightings have increased in recent decades. Beginning in the 1980s, it has been found nesting on islands off the west coast of Mexico, a range extension of thousands of miles. Oddly, several Laysan Albatrosses have been found far inland in the southwestern United States.

adult

Black-footed Albatross

Restricted to the North Pacific, this is the only albatross seen commonly off the North American coastline. Its closest nesting colonies are in Hawaii. At sea it often follows ships, feeding on refuse in their wake.

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