Body mainly white. Wings black, underwing with broad black margins and central inner white streak. Bill yellow with pink tip. Black eyebrow over dark eye. Young birds with black-grey bill. Body up to 95 cm long, wing span to 2.5 m.
This is the most abundant species of albatross. Individuals breed on many sub-Antarctic islands and they are known to follow ships and fishing boats.
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 : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Vulnerable
- IUCN Red List : Not listed