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Salvin's Albatross - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by mjobling
off Kaikoura, New Zealand, 26 February 2007

Alternative name: Salvin's Mollymawk; Grey-backed Albatross

Thalassarche salvini

Diomedea salvini


  • Grey head, mantle and back
  • Dark grey to black back, upperwing and tail
  • White rump and underside

Light grey legs, feet

  • Grey beak
    • Pale yellow upper ridge to the upper mandible
    • Dark spot at the tip of the lower bill


The Crozet Islands in the Indian Ocean and the Bounty Islands and The Snares to the south of New Zealand.



This is a monotypic species[1].

Diomedea vs. Thalassarche

Genera Phoebastria and Thalassarche formerly placed in the Diomedea, but now considered by virtually all authorities (Clements, Howard & Moore, AOU, BOU, SACC) to be separate genera in light of Nunn et al. (1996) and Penhallurick & Wink (2004). Often considered conspecific with Shy Albatross.


Barren and rocky islands, and otherwise the open oceans.



One egg is laid in early October and is incubated by both parents until early November. After a further 4 months, the chick fledges.


The diet consists mostly of fish and squid.


  1. Clements, J. F., P. C. Rasmussen, T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, A. Spencer, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2023. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2023. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/

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