Shy Albatross

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 15 July 2007
Scientific Name
Thalassarche cauta
  • Procellariiformes
  • Diomedeidae
  • Thalassarche
  • T. cauta
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Conservation Status
Near Threatened (as of 8 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
35 to 39 inches
87 to 101 inches
144 ounces



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

Brazilian (Português brasileiro) Albatroz-arisco
Chinese (汉语) 白顶信天翁
Czech (Cesky) Albatros šelfový
Danish (Dansk) Hvidkronet Albatros
Dutch (Nederlands) Witkapalbatros
Finnish (Suomi) Isoalbatrossi
French (Français) Albatros Timide
German (Deutsch) Weißkappenalbatros
Italian (Italiano) Albatro Cauto
Japanese (日本語) ハシジロアホウドリ (Hajiroahoudori)
Norwegian (Norsk) Svartflekkalbatross
Polish (Polski) Albatros Szarodzioby
Russian (русский язык) Белошапочный альбатрос
Spanish (Español) Albatros Frentiblanco
Swedish (Svenska) Gråkindad Albatross
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