Story: Albatrosses

Light mantled sooty albatross with chick on nest

Light mantled sooty albatross with chick on nest

Light mantled sooty albatrosses look very different from mollymawks, as they are brown and grey all over. They are palest on the upper side of the body and nape (mantle), with a contrasting dark head. Their eyes have a white crescent at the upper back edge. Chicks have grey down and a striking white face mask. Unlike the mollymawks that nest in dense colonies, their nests are scattered along cliff sites, usually against a rock wall for protection. Breeding adults weigh about 3 kilograms.

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Paul Sagar, 'Albatrosses - New Zealand’s smaller albatrosses', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 February 2024)

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