Seabird information

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Black-browed albatross

Thalassarche melanophrys

Has a yellow bill, white body and head with a black triangle around its eye

Often seen off the New Zealand coast or behind boats, especially in winter

Feeds on krill and fish, and some squid and jellyfish

Breeds mainly on overseas subantarcitc islands, with small numbers on Campbell, Antipodes and Snares Islands from September to April

Migrates to the southern Indian and Atlantic Oceans

NZ Threat Classification: Coloniser

This albatross looks like its wearing eye makeup!

Albatross have an adaptation that enables them to drink seawater. Salt glands on the side of their bills secrete a salty liquid so they don't have to process the salt through their kidneys.

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Black-browed albatross

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Thalassarche melanophrys

Has a yellow bill, white body and head with a black triangle around its eye

Often seen off the New Zealand coast or behind boats, especially in winter

Feeds on krill and fish, and some squid and jellyfish

Breeds mainly on overseas subantarcitc islands, with small numbers on Campbell, Antipodes and Snares Islands from September to April

Migrates to the southern Indian and Atlantic Oceans

NZ Threat Classification: Coloniser

This albatross looks like its wearing eye makeup!

Albatross have an adaptation that enables them to drink seawater. Salt glands on the side of their bills secrete a salty liquid so they don't have to process the salt through their kidneys.