English Name Black-browed Albatross
Scientific Name Thalassarche melanophris
German Name Schwarzbrauenalbatros
Spanish Name Albatros Ojeroso
French Name Albatros à sourcils noirs
Black-browed Albatross
Peters Family Name DIOMEDEIDAE:Albatrosses Order 67.0
Sibley Monroe Family Name PROCELLARIIDAE(Diomedeinae):Albatrosses Order 3997.0
Gill Family Name DIOMEDEIDAE:Albatrosses Order 107.0
New 2013 Family Name DIOMEDEIDAE:Albatrosses Order 75.0
English Synonyms
  • Black-browed Mollymawk
  • New Zealand Black-browed Mollymawk
$Phoebastria immutabilis Mathews,1927,Systema Avium Australasianarum,2,Appendix,p.907. Note:the oe is ligatured.
Authority (Temminck 1828)
Habitat ocean
Breeding "Timing of breeding varies with location,but generally the breeding season extends from Sept-Apr"
Migratory from breeding colonies to continental shelf waters of Australia, New Zealand and South America, with wintering areas for different breeding colonies largely discrete. Nominate race s circumpolar; impavida restricted to Southern Ocean and Ross Sea. Most widespread southwest Atlantic between 37° to 46°;southeast India Ocean 39° to 66°;New Zealand sector and Ross Sea 43° to 70°S; Young fledge Falkland Islands early April; Macquarie Island and Campbell Island mid-April with last birds leaving Campbell early May;mean fledging date South Georgia 28 April, Adults leave breeding colonies at about same time as young birds. Movement generally north with many north of Subtropical Convergence in winter. Most birds from Iles Kerguelen winter off southern Australia with a few travelling to New Zealand or South Africa; birds from Falkland Island off est coast of South America. Most from South Georgia winter off west coast of South Africa, though many recovered from Australia and New Zealand. Birds from Macquarie Island winter mainly off southern Australia. Peak numbers occur April-September round Tasmania and off New South Wales, where most birds are immatures. Birds from Campbell Island disperse through southwest Pacific and across southern Australian waters. Off southeast New South Wales,present only May-September, where considered a regular winter and spring visitor; off Victoria and Tasmania,most common March-June. Small numbers reach South Australia. Returns: arrive at Campbell Island mid-late August; Macquarie Island and Iles Crozet early September; Heard Island about September 17; South Georgia late September with mean date for males 10th October and females 16 October.