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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.
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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]  8.87 lbs (4.03 kg)
Birth Weight [1]  262 grams
Diet [2]  Carnivore (Invertebrates), Piscivore
Diet - Fish [2]  40 %
Diet - Invertibrates [2]  60 %
Forages - Water Surface [2]  80 %
Forages - Underwater [2]  20 %
Clutch Size [1]  1
Incubation [3]  71 days
Wing Span [3]  7.7 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

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Aleutian Islands Biosphere Reserve 2720489 Alaska, United States    
Coorong National Park II 121235 South Australia, Australia
Flinders Chase National Park II 81245 South Australia, Australia
Lavinia Nature Reserve State Reserve II 17390 Tasmania, Australia    
Maria Island National Park II 28488 Tasmania, Australia
Palmer LTER Site Long Term Ecological Research   Antarctica    
Table Mountain (Cape Peninsula) National Park II 70141 Western Cape, South Africa
Tsitsikamma National Park II 34343 Southern Cape, South Africa  
West Coast National Park II 59916 Western Cape, South Africa
Wilderness National Park II 5929 Western Cape, South Africa  
Wilson's Promontory National Park II 119279 Victoria, Australia

Biodiversity Hotspots

Name Location Endemic Species Website
New Zealand New Zealand No

Prey / Diet

Alectis ciliaris (Trevally)[4]
Boreogadus saida (Polar cod)[4]
Eleginus gracilis (Wachna cod)[4]
Emmelichthys nitidus (bonnetmouth)[5]
Esox lucius (Jack)[4]
Gadus chalcogrammus (Whiting)[4]
Gadus macrocephalus (Pacific cod)[4]
Gadus morhua (rock cod)[4]
Kondakovia longimana (Giant Warty Squid)[4]
Macruronus magellanicus (Patagonian whiphake)[4]
Macruronus novaezelandiae (Whiptail hake)[4]
Micromesistius australis (Southern poutassou)[4]
Micromesistius poutassou (Poutassou)[4]
Nototodarus gouldi (Gould's squid)[5]
Pleurogrammus azonus (Okhotsk atka mackerel)[4]
Pleurogrammus monopterygius (Atka mackerel)[4]
Pollachius virens (Sillock)[4]
Pseudophycis bachus (Southern rockcod)[4]
Trachurus declivis (Scaly mackerel)[5]
Trachurus mediterraneus (Mediterranean scad)[4]
Trachurus symmetricus (Scad)[4]
Trachurus trachurus (Scad)[4]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Arctocephalus forsteri (Australasian Fur Seal)1
Arctocephalus pusillus (Brown Fur Seal)1
Arctocephalus tropicalis (Subantarctic Fur Seal)1
Brama brama (Ray's bream)1
Eudyptes robustus (Snares Penguin)1
Thunnus albacares (Yellowfin-tuna)2


Parasitized by 
Contracaecum variegatum <Unverified Name>[6]
Paraclisis diomedeae[4]
Parapsyllus australiacus[7]
Parapsyllus magellanicus largificus[7]
Perineus circumfasciatus[4]
Tetrameres certa <Unverified Name>[6]

Range Map

Cape Peninsula National Park; North America;



Attributes / relations provided by
1Terje Lislevand, Jordi Figuerola, and Tamás Székely. 2007. Avian body sizes in relation to fecundity, mating system, display behavior, and resource sharing. Ecology 88:1605
2Hamish 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
3del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.
4Jorrit 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.
5Shy Albatross (Thalassarche cauta), Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels -
6Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
7International Flea Database
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
Biodiversity Hotspots provided by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
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Abstract provided by DBpedia licensed under a Creative Commons License
Weather provided by NOAA METAR Data Access