Black-browed Albatross Thalassarche melanophris   [Temminck, 1828]

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Order: Procellariiformes Family: Diomedeidae
Number in Britain: 0 records/year
Conservation Status:
UK: Not Assessed
European: Not evaluated
Global: Endangered (Details)
Status in UK: (A)  Accidental
Subspecies: melanophris recorded in Britain (of 2 subsp. in the world)
Length: 88 cm Wingspan: 230 cm Weight: M: 4 kg   F: . g    
Scientific name from: Gr.: thalassa=the sea and Gr.: melas=black + ophrus=brow
World Distribution: BREEDS: islands in s oceans (eg Falklands, Kerguelen, Antipodes), RANGES: widely in s oceans and Atlantic
Habitat: Pelagic, breeds on islands on tussock-covered slopes
TitBit: Albatrosses occasionally turn up in Britain, the most famous was "Albert" (fully Albert Ross), who first appeared on the Bass Rock in 1967, then subsequently at Hermanness, Shetland almost annually from 1972 to 1995.  
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Records and Distribution

First Record: Cambridgeshire, 1897 (Palmer. P 2000. First for Britain & Ireland, Arlequin Press. [502.74 PAL])
Total Number of Records (1950-2007): 22 Summary of Records by Year
Most Likely to Occur in: April/May, July to October
Most Recent County Records:
   Scotland: Fife (1972), Lothian (2002), Outer Hebrides (2007), Orkney (1975), Shetland (1995),
   North-east England: East Yorkshire (2002), North Yorkshire (1968),
   North-west England:
   English Midlands: Derbyshire (1952),
   Eastern England: Cambridgeshire (1897), Norfolk (2004),
   South-east England: Kent (2001),
   South-west England: Cornwall (1988), Devon (1965), Dorset (1980), Isles of Scilly (1978),
   Wales: Anglesey (2005), Pembrokeshire (1990),

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Other Names

Previously Diomedea melanophris 
Gaelic: Welsh: Albatros Aelddu
Danish: Sortbrynet albatros Dutch: Wenkbrauwalbatros
Finnish: Mustalulma-albatrossi French: Albatros Ó sourcils noir
German: Mollymauk Hungarian: SargaszemŘ albatrosz
Icelandic: Svaltrosi Irish: Albatras D˙-Mhalach
Italian: Albatros dal sopracciglo nero Norwegian: Savrtbtynalbatros
Polish: Albatros czarnobrewy Portuguese: Albatroz-olheirudo
Spanish: Albatros ojeroso Swedish: Svartbrynad albatross

For More Information...

Books and Monographs:
   Tickell, W.L.N. 2000 Albatrosses Pica Press, Mountfield, Sussex [598.441 TIC]
   Brooke, M. de L. 2004 Albatrosses and petrels across the world Oxford University Press, Oxford [598.44 BRO]
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