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Marine Animal Encyclopedia

Black-browed Albatross Thalassarche melanophrys

Also known as the black-browed mollymawk, this is the most numerous and widespread of the albatrosses. It is found from Antarctica to the edge of the tropics, and in places even farther north. The black-browed albatross's wings, back, and tail are grayish black, and it has a distinctive black brow above each eye. It feeds on fish, squid, octopus, and crustaceans, and is also a frequent ship-follower, congregating in large numbers when waste is thrown overboard. Black-browed albatrosses breed on remote islands and take at least five years to become mature. They are among the few southern albatrosses that regularly cross the equator—isolated sightings have been recorded as far north as the British Isles.

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  • Order Procellariiformes
  • Length 33–37 in (83–93 cm)
  • Weight 6–11 lb (3–5 kg)
  • Habitat Remote islands (breeding); open ocean
  • Distribution Southern Ocean, south Atlantic, southern Indian and Pacific oceans
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