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Light-mantled Albatross | Phoebetria palpebrata

The Light-mantled Albatross is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Diomedeidae bird family group which includes birds such as Albatrosses.

The description for the Light-mantled Albatross (Latin name Phoebetria palpebrata) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Phoebetria palpebrata can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 16 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 653. You will find a picture of the Light-mantled Albatross on page 656.

NOTE: The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition*. This edition contained a number of taxonomic changes as well as changes to English names used traditionally and in earlier editions of most bird books in South Africa. The following paragraph notes such changes if any.

This bird is known as Light-mantled Sooty Albatross in the Roberts 6th Edition. There have been no changes in the Latin name for the Light-mantled Albatross between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition

The Light-mantled Albatross has a height of 80 cms and weighs around 2200 gms. The head is coloured brown while the bill is coloured black. The Phoebetria palpebrata has a grey coloured throat, blue, grey legs and a grey, brown coloured back. The eyes are brown.

Take note of the bird's main distinguishing features such as colour, size and leg length relative to the body size of the bird. Colours of a bird's body parts can be helpful. Be aware what may appear brown to one person is described in Roberts Birds using some other word ... for example brown, black. See colours used in Roberts.

Head is brown

Eyes are brown

Bill is black

Legs are blue, grey

Throat is grey

Back is grey, brown

Feeding Habits ...

This birds forages for fish and other aquatic dwellers through surface sizing and diving for food in the water.

This bird has a specially adapted bill which helps it hunt for fish, crabs, shrimp and other aquatic animals in the water.

The diet includes small mammals such as rabbits, field mice and other rodents. Rodents are usually taken from the ground and killed using the sharp claws. The Light-mantled Albatross uses its hard bill to tear up the flesh.

Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

You can see the Light-mantled Albatross bird on coastal regions and on the sea shore where the bird will be foraging with other birds

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

The Light-mantled Albatross is mainly seen singly or in pairs in the wild.

It is also seen in flocks

The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition * edited by PAR Hockey, WRJ Dean and PG Ryan, published by "The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund."

copyright: Tony Roocroft +27-11-454-0105

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