Indian Yellow-Nosed Albatross Skull


Massive seabird, but relatively small and slender for an albatross. Breeds on islands in the Southern Indian ocean from Marion and Prince Edward to Amsterdam and St. Paul.


Indian Yellow-Nosed Albatross Skull Replica measures 7 inches. Indian Yellow-Nosed Albatross Skull is museum quality polyurethane cast. 2-part skull (separate cranium and jaw). Made in USA. Cast of Original UC Santa Cruz specimen. Our precise skull can be used as a teaching tool, museum skull exhibit, home décor skull, or office décor skull.

The Indian Yellow-Nosed Albatross or Thalassarche carteri is a member of the albatross family, and is the smallest of the mollymawks.

The Indian Yellow-Nosed Albatross weighs 5.6 lb., is 30 in. long and is 6.6 ft.  across the wings. The adult has a pale grey or white head and nape, with a dark grey mantle, upper wing, and tail.

Its rump and underparts are white, and its under wing is white with a black tip with a narrow black margin at the leading edge.

Indian Yellow-Nosed Albatross or Thalassarche carteri bill is black with a yellow upper ridge and a red tip.

The juvenile has a white head and all black bill. It is difficult to distinguish from the closely related grey headed and Atlantic yellow-nosed, the latter with which it was long considered conspecific and is still considered by some a subspecies of.

It can be distinguished from the Atlantic yellow-nosed by its head, the grey plumage of which is lighter on the Indian yellow-nosed albatross.

Like all albatrosses, the Thalassarche carteri is a colonial breeder. It breeds annually, and the adults begin breeding at the age of eight years. A mud nest is built in bare rocky areas or in tussock grass or ferns, and a single egg is laid.

Indian Yellow-Nosed Albatross or Thalassarche carteri nesting season begins in August, with laying occurring around September through October. Incubation lasts around 70 days. After hatching the chick takes around 115 days to fledge.

It is considered to be an endangered species by the IUCN, due to dramatic declines in the last seventy years, caused by interactions with longline fisheries and the outbreak of introduced diseases, such as avian cholera and Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae.

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Additional information

Weight 3 lbs
Dimensions 7.0 in
Indian Yellow-Nosed Albatross Facts

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Procellariiformes
Family: Diomedeidae
Genus: Thalassarche
Species: T. carteri
Binomial name: Thalassarche carteri
Conservation status: Endangered