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Buller's albatross

Toroa | Thalassarche bulleri

Has a grey head and neck, bill has bright yellow stripes on the top and bottom

Often seen in the Tasman Sea, Pacific Ocean and around Stewart Island

Feeds on fish, squid, octopuses, sea squirts and crustaceans

Breeds on Snares Islands and Solander Island in Foveaux Strait (December to September) and at the Chatham Islands and Three Kings Islands (October to May)

Migrate across the southern Pacific Ocean to Chile and Peru for up to 5 years when young

NZ Threat Classification Naturally Uncommon

All albatross make stomach oil, a rich, smelly substance, from digesting their prey. High in energy, it provides energy during long flights and is also an ideal chick food. It can be spat out at a predator in defence. People unlucky enough to be sprayed with it report that the oil doesn't wash out of clothing and the smell lingers for many months.

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Buller's albatross

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Toroa | Thalassarche bulleri

Has a grey head and neck, bill has bright yellow stripes on the top and bottom

Often seen in the Tasman Sea, Pacific Ocean and around Stewart Island

Feeds on fish, squid, octopuses, sea squirts and crustaceans

Breeds on Snares Islands and Solander Island in Foveaux Strait (December to September) and at the Chatham Islands and Three Kings Islands (October to May)

Migrate across the southern Pacific Ocean to Chile and Peru for up to 5 years when young

NZ Threat Classification Naturally Uncommon

All albatross make stomach oil, a rich, smelly substance, from digesting their prey. High in energy, it provides energy during long flights and is also an ideal chick food. It can be spat out at a predator in defence. People unlucky enough to be sprayed with it report that the oil doesn't wash out of clothing and the smell lingers for many months.