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Yellow-nosed Albatross
Thalassarche chlororhynchos

At a Glance

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.
Low Concern
Open Ocean

Range & Identification


30" (81 cm). W. 80" (2 m). Very large and long-winged. Dark on top of wings and back, with white to whitish-gray head, underparts, wing-linings, and rump. Dark bill has yellow stripe down top ridge. Very rare off Atlantic Coast (but more likely to be seen there than other albatrosses).
About the size of a Heron
Tail Shape
Rounded, Short, Square-tipped, Wedge-shaped

Songs and Calls

Generally silent at sea.