Shy Albatross vs White-capped Albatross

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Subject: Shy Albatross vs White-capped Albatross
From: "Jeremy O'Wheel" <>
Date: Fri, 22 Jun 2012 15:10:28 +1000
G'day all,

Recently I've been having some discussion about the differences between the
Tasmanian Shy Albatross - T. cauta - and the New Zealand White-capped
Albatross - T. steadi (or T. cauta cauta/steadi depending on your
taxonomy).  Various sources seem to indicate that breeding T. cauta have a
yellow spot at the upper base of the beak, while T. steadi never have this
yellow dot.  It has also been suggested that T. steadi has black primaries
8,9,10 while on T. cauta they are black and white.

I was wondering if anybody know more about the differences, especially
differences that can be identified in the field, or can confirm or deny the
differences I've suggested?  I was also wondering if anybody have photos of
either species/spp. nesting at their various locations with the underwings
visible (esp. P8-10)?


Jeremy O'Wheel

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