Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Light-mantled Albatross

The Light-mantled Albatross is largely sooty-brown or blackish in colour, darker on the head, with paler upperparts from the nape to the upper tail-coverts which are grey to light grey, palest on the mantle and back. The plumage has been described as being similar in appearance to the colouring of a Siamese cat. The eyes are partly encircled with thin post-orbital crescents of very short grey feathers. The bill is black with a blue sulcus and a greyish-yellow line along the lower mandible, and is about 105 mm (4.1 in).Measurements show that males and females are similar in size, with average length of 79–89 cm (31–35 in), wing-span of 183–218 cm (72–86 in), and weight of 2.5–3.7 kg (5.5–8.2 lb)