Story: Albatrosses

Chatham Island mollymawks (2nd of 2)

Chatham Island mollymawks

These Chatham Island mollymawks have a distinctive slate-grey head, neck and shoulders, and a yellow bill. Mollymawks are smaller than the great albatrosses, but have similar proportions and features. These include a sturdy, hooked bill and a strong, stocky body. Their large webbed feet are important for swimming and for running across the water as they take off.

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Paul Sagar, 'Albatrosses - Albatrosses', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 July 2024)

Story by Paul Sagar, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015