Yellow-nosed Albatross Seasonal Occurrence & Geographic Distribution

*Yellow-nosed Albatross Thalassarche chlororynchos

Status: Accidental in the Gulf of Mexico. Three records from South Texas: Port Isabel, 14 May 1972; South Padre Island, 28 October 1976; deepwater off South Padre Island, 26 September 2003. The most recent sighting off South Padre Island appears to be the Indian Ocean race, which has a whiter head than the nominate South Atlantic race.

TX Status: Accidental: Four records for Texas.

Habitat: This species is found in both the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans. Vagrant birds along the Texas coast have been encountered both on the immediate coast as well as in deep pelagic waters.

Similar Species: Any “yellow-nosed” albatross sighting in Texas waters would require the elimination of at least Black-browed and Gray-headed Albatrosses, both of which have a circumpolar distribution in the southern oceans. Although the likelihood of either species showing up along Texas coast is remote, they would at least seem to be potential vagrants to the Gulf of Mexico. Of the three species, Yellow-nosed Albatross has the whitest color in the underwing (or narrowest black underwing margins).

*Texas Review Species, requiring written or photographic documentation.            © Copyright  Brad McKinney October 31, 2004 (Status updated by Garett Hodne Nov 2014)


The graph below shows the number and date of all Yellow-nosed Albatross sightings in Texas. Only the Sept 26 sighting was on a Texas Pelagic in 2003:

YNAB Graph



This map shows the geographic distribution of 1 Yellow-nosed Albatross sightings (yellow star) on Texas Pelagics from South Padre Island. 

The one record of the Yellow-nosed Albatross was from the outer shelf.

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Click on each sighting symbol and the data label will appear showing the time, date and the number of birds seen.

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