Diomedia cauta salvini
The word mollymawk, which dates to the late 17th century, comes from the Dutch mallemok, which means mal – foolish and mok – gull. (Wikipedia)
Salvins “Mollies” are somewhat less common than “Shys” around the Stewart Island coast, and are inveterate followers of fish boats. Superb soaring birds they are a joy to watch and a sub-species of the more common Shy Mollymawk.
There is some controversy regarding “Mollymawks” and an attempt to rename them as Albatross. In my view the two groups are so visually different as to totally negate the proposal. Mollymawks are unbroken black from tip to tip along the upper wing, whereas Albatross the black is restricted to the outer upper wing, the body and inner wing white. And perhaps being slightly parochial as New Zealand is the home of more “Mollie” species than anyplace else, then surely local names should prevail.
Size 900/1000 mm