Atlantic Yellow-nosed Albatross

Thalassarche chlororhynchos

It is one of 11 species in the ‘Mollyhawk’ family, although large it is smaller than the Tristan Albatross.

Atlantic Yellow-Nosed Albatross © Ben Dilley
Atlantic Yellow-nosed Albatross © Ben Dilley

Locally called the Molly it has a distinctive look, a sightly greyish head, with an orange-yellow stripe on the upper black bill, black on the wings across the back, and a white upper body.

They disperse across the Atlantic to feed but only breed in the Tristan archipelago. They’re the seen most frequently by islanders and tourists of all the albatross species because they nest on Tristan at the top of ‘The Base’ and near ‘The Ponds’ on Nightingale Island.

Yellow nosed albatrosses are Endangered, and their biggest threat is being accidently caught by longline fisheries during their migration or feeding pattern.

IUCN/ Conservation Status — Endangered

Wingspan — 1.8 - 2.10 meters

Life span

Reproduction — Eggs are laid September to early October, and chicks fledge in late March to April.

Sightings around Tristan islands

Marine life on Tristan

The waters surrounding the Tristan islands are home to a diverse range of fish and invertebrates, including the commercially valuable crayfish.