Atlantic Yellow-nosed Albatross Thalassarche chlororhynchos

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Massive seabird, but relatively small and slender for an albatross. Breeds on Gough and Tristan da Cunha islands in South Atlantic, ranging mainly at subtropical latitudes in Atlantic, rarely east to Indian Ocean or further north in Atlantic. On adult, note soft gray hood (whiter on crown), more extensively gray than on cheek of Indian Yellow-nosed. Young birds paler-headed with dark gray smudge around eye; some difficult or impossible to separate from Indian Yellow-nosed. Bill is long, thin, and black, with yellow-orange stripe along the top ridge (culmen) on adults. Also look for thicker black leading edge on underwing to help separate from White-capped Albatross at a distance. Also compare with Gray-headed and Black-browed Albatross; note underwing pattern, bill pattern, head color.

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