Body mainly white. Wings grey-black, underwing with narrow black margins and central inner white streak. Bill pale grey-yellow. Black thin eyebrow over dark eye. Face and neck pale to dark grey depending on race. Young birds with black-grey bill. Body up to 1 m long, wing span to 2.5 m.
This is the only albatross species that breeds in Australian waters, in Bass Strait. They breed from September to April, forming colonies and building large, cup-shaped nests in which the female lays a single egg.
Coastlines, large bays and open seas.
Sub-Antarctic islands and coasts of southern continents, a vagrant in northern hemisphere areas. Southern Australia.
Recorded in Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Vulnerable
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Near Threatened