Seabird information

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Northern giant petrel

Nelly | Macronectes halli

Has a mottled white and grey plumage, though can look almost black, wingspan 150-200 cm

Often seen in the Southern Ocean, usually not far from the shoreFeeds on squid, small live seabirds and scavenges from dead whales and seals

Breeds on Auckland, Campbell, Antipodes and Chatham and other subantarctic islands, in August to October or February to March

Travels around the Southern Ocean (immature birds)

NZ Threat Classification Naturally Uncommon

The northern giant petrel is much rarer than the southern giant petrel, but is seen more oftenin New Zealand waters. Giant petrels are the only petrel species that will feed on land.Giant petrels are sometimes called stinkpots because of the foul-smelling stomach oil they can spit out when threatened. The oil is a valuable high energy food store for the birds and their chicks.

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Northern giant petrel

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Nelly | Macronectes halli

Has a mottled white and grey plumage, though can look almost black, wingspan 150-200 cm

Often seen in the Southern Ocean, usually not far from the shoreFeeds on squid, small live seabirds and scavenges from dead whales and seals

Breeds on Auckland, Campbell, Antipodes and Chatham and other subantarctic islands, in August to October or February to March

Travels around the Southern Ocean (immature birds)

NZ Threat Classification Naturally Uncommon

The northern giant petrel is much rarer than the southern giant petrel, but is seen more oftenin New Zealand waters. Giant petrels are the only petrel species that will feed on land.Giant petrels are sometimes called stinkpots because of the foul-smelling stomach oil they can spit out when threatened. The oil is a valuable high energy food store for the birds and their chicks.