Animalia > Chordata > Aves > Procellariiformes > Diomedeidae > Thalassarche > Thalassarche cauta

Thalassarche cauta (Shy Albatross)

Synonyms: Diomedea cauta; Diomedea cauta cauta; Thalassarche cauta cauta
Language: French

Wikipedia Abstract

The shy albatross or shy mollymawk (Thalassarche cauta) is a medium-sized albatross that breeds on three Australian islands and ranges extensively across the Southern Ocean. Some authorities call this species the white-capped albatross.
View Wikipedia Record: Thalassarche cauta


Thalassarche cauta steadi (White-capped Albatross) (Attributes)

EDGE Analysis

Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 4.96774
EDGE Score: 2.47952


Adult Weight [1]  8.785 lbs (3.985 kg)
Birth Weight [2]  262 grams
Female Weight [1]  8.078 lbs (3.664 kg)
Male Weight [1]  9.493 lbs (4.306 kg)
Weight Dimorphism [1]  17.5 %
Diet [3]  Carnivore (Invertebrates), Piscivore
Diet - Fish [3]  40 %
Diet - Invertibrates [3]  60 %
Forages - Water Surface [3]  80 %
Forages - Underwater [3]  20 %
Clutch Size [2]  1
Clutches / Year [1]  1
Egg Length [1]  4.134 inches (105 mm)
Egg Width [1]  2.638 inches (67 mm)
Fledging [1]  4 months 25 days
Incubation [4]  71 days
Mating Display [2]  Ground display (mostly)
Maximum Longevity [1]  40 years
Wing Span [4]  7.708 feet (2.35 m)


Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Antipodes Subantarctic Islands tundra Australia, New Zealand Australasia Tundra    
Chatham Island temperate forests New Zealand Australasia Temperate Broadleaf and Mixed Forests  
Scotia Sea Islands tundra United Kingdom Antarctic Tundra    
Southern Indian Ocean Islands tundra South Africa, France, Australia Antarctic Tundra    
Tristan Da Cunha-Gough Islands shrub and grasslands United Kingdom Afrotropic Temperate Grasslands, Savannas, and Shrublands    

Protected Areas

Biodiversity Hotspots

Name Location Endemic Species Website
New Zealand New Zealand No

Prey / Diet

Prey / Diet Overlap


Range Map

External References


Attributes / relations provided by
1Nathan P. Myhrvold, Elita Baldridge, Benjamin Chan, Dhileep Sivam, Daniel L. Freeman, and S. K. Morgan Ernest. 2015. An amniote life-history database to perform comparative analyses with birds, mammals, and reptiles. Ecology 96:3109
2Terje Lislevand, Jordi Figuerola, and Tamás Székely. 2007. Avian body sizes in relation to fecundity, mating system, display behavior, and resource sharing. Ecology 88:1605
3Hamish Wilman, Jonathan Belmaker, Jennifer Simpson, Carolina de la Rosa, Marcelo M. Rivadeneira, and Walter Jetz. 2014. EltonTraits 1.0: Species-level foraging attributes of the world's birds and mammals. Ecology 95:2027
4del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.
5Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
6Shy Albatross (Thalassarche cauta), Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels -
7Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
8International Flea Database
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 Wildfinder Database
Biodiversity Hotspots provided by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
Abstract provided by DBpedia licensed under a Creative Commons License
Species taxanomy provided by GBIF Secretariat (2022). GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset accessed via on 2023-06-13; License: CC BY 4.0