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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 73

Diomedea regia, Buller. (Royal Albatros.)

Diomedea regia, Buller. (Royal Albatros.)

In the Hunterian Museum at Glasgow I saw an undoubted example of this species labelled as Diomedea exulans. The Curator told me the specimen had been in the Museum many years, and that it was recorded as having come from the Cape of Good Hope.

The following passage in Cook's "Second Voyage" probably refers to this species, and, if so, it is without doubt the earliest record of the bird: "In the afternoon of the 21st [January, 1773] being in the latitude of 64° 24' South, longitude 42° 19' East, we saw a white Albatros with black-tipped wings."