Body mainly white. Wings white on leading edge and centre, tips and trailing edge black. Underwing mainly white, tips and trailing edge black. Bill pink. Young birds: body and upperwing uniform brown, face white. Body up to 1.4 m long, wing span to 3.5 m.
The wingspan of these albatrosses is the widest of all ocean birds. Individuals breed on sub-Antarctic islands, mainly in the Indian Ocean and New Zealand waters.
Coastlines, large bays and open seas.
Southern continents, including southern Australia.
Recorded in Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Endangered
- EPBC Act 1999 : Vulnerable
- IUCN Red List : Vulnerable