Alternative name: Salvin's Mollymawk; Grey-backed Albatross
- Thalassarche 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
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 includes fish and squid.
- Clements, JF. 2010. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2010. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/Clements%206.5.xls/view
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2023) Salvin's Albatross. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 28 November 2023 from https://www.birdforum.net/opus/Salvin%27s_Albatross