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Salvin's Albatross | by Layzeboy Photography Nature & Wildlife ©
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Salvin's Albatross

Salvin's Albatross, or Salvin's Mollymawk, Thalassarche salvini the adult bird has a silver-grey crown. Its face, upper throat, and upper mantler are grey, and its back, upper wing and tail are grey-black. It has a white rump and under parts with a black thumb mark on under wing and black narrow leading and trailing edges on the wing and black wing tips. Its bill is pale grey-green with a pale yellow upper ridge, and a bright yellow tip on the upper mandible (bill), and a dark spot on the tip of the lower mandible (bill). The juveniles have more extensive grey areas and a blue-grey bill with black tips on both mandibles (upper and lower bill). The Salvin's Albatross along with the White-capped Albatross, Shy Albatross, and Chatham Albatross were all considered the same species until a 1998

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Taken on January 13, 2012