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Campbell Mollymawk

The Thalassarche impavida is a medium-sized mollymawk in the albatross family. It earned its name by breeding only on Campbell Island and the associated islet of Jeanette Marie. These lie in a small island group in the New Zealand Subantarctic area of the South Pacific.

Several characteristics make this seabird special. First, it boasts a pale yellow iris. Also, it has nasal passages that attach to the upper bill called naricorns. Finally, it produces a stomach oil made up of wax esters and triglycerides. Sometimes they use this unusual substance against predators. However, this oil also provides an energy-rich food source for chicks, as well as for adults during their long flights.

Weighing 7.1 lb (3.21 kg), this albatross and is 35 in (88 cm) long.  The adult displays a white head, neck, rump, and underparts, with a black upperwing, back, and tail. The average life expectancy is supposed to be 28 years. However, this may be misunderstood due to lack of study. Most albatross can live to well beyond 50 years.

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