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About the Shy Albatross

Also known as: White-capped Albatross, Shy Mollymawk

The Shy Albatross is a medium-sized albatross that breeds off Australia and New Zealand's sub-Antarctic islands and ranges extensively across the Southern Ocean. It is sometimes found off the Pacific coast of the United States.

The Shy Albatross is a typical mollymawk with dark plumage on its back, upperwing and tail and a white belly, neck and underwing. Its crown and most of its head is also white, but it has a dark eyebrow and pale grey on the face. Its bill is pale grey with a yellow ridge and tip.

The Shy Albatross feeds by a combination surface-seizing and some pursuit diving - it has been recorded diving as deep as 5 meters.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 15 July 2007
Scientific Name Thalassarche cauta
  • Procellariiformes
  • Diomedeidae
  • Thalassarche
  • T. cauta
Birdorable Family Albatrosses & Allies
Conservation Status Near Threatened
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 29 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
35 to 39 inches
87 to 101 inches
144 ounces
Range East Africa South Africa South America Australia and New Zealand


From IUCN Red List:
The Shy Albatross is listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2012 by BirdLife International. This species breeds on just three islands. It may be susceptible to stochastic events and human activities, although one nesting site is moderately widely separated from the other two. For this reason it is treated as Near Threatened.

International Names

  • Albatroz-arisco (Brazilian)
  • 白顶信天翁 (Chinese)
  • Albatros šelfový (Czech)
  • Hvidkronet Albatros (Danish)
  • Witkapalbatros (Dutch)
  • Isoalbatrossi (Finnish)
  • Albatros Timide (French)
  • Weißkappenalbatros (German)
  • Albatro Cauto (Italian)
  • ハシジロアホウドリ (Hajiroahoudori) (Japanese)
  • Svartflekkalbatross (Norwegian)
  • Albatros Szarodzioby (Polish)
  • Белошапочный альбатрос (Russian)
  • Albatros Frentiblanco (Spanish)
  • Gråkindad Albatross (Swedish)