Grey-headed Albatross  |  

Thalassarche chrysostoma

Status: Endangered on the EPBC Act list

The Grey-headed Albatross is a medium sized albatross with a length of 70–85 cm, a wingspan of 1.8–2.05 m, males weigh 3.4–3.7 kg and females weigh 3–3.6 kg. Adults have a distinct combination of a wholly grey head, neck and mantle, and a black bill with narrow yellow stripes along the culmen and the bottom of the lower mandible. Grey-headed Albatrosses have a white breast, black upperwings, the central lengths of the underwings are white, with a dark grey stripe on the forward edge and a lighter, narrower grey strip on the trailing edge. They have a white crescent behind the eye and their eyes are black with a brown iris. The legs and feet are usually grey or pink. Juvenile Grey-headed Albatrosses have mostly black bills and heads, with napes darker than adults, indistinct white eye-crescents, and virtually no white on their underwings.

Government evidence of impact of climate change:

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  • IUCN Red List Assessment, Thalassarche chrysostoma

    Climate change severe weather 11.3.