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Northern royal albatross

Toroa | Diomedea sanfordi

Has a wingspan more than 3 m long

Often seen foraging off the New Zealand coast in winterm long

Feeds mainly on squid and some fish

Breeds at Taiaroa Head (Otago Peninsula) and at the Chatham Islands, every second year

Travels vast distances around the Tasman Sea, Pacific Ocean and South Atlantic Ocean

NZ Threat Classification Naturally Uncommon

Majestic on land and arresting in flight, the northern royal albatross is one of the largest albatross species and very long-lived. One bird known as Grandma raised her last chick at the age of 62.

In the 1860s, large white wing feathers from northern royal albatross on the Chatham Islands were sent to Taranaki for supporters of Te Whiti to wear. He was a M?ori leader who founded the settlement of Parihaka. His followers wore the feathers to show they wanted peace and not fighting.

Useful links

Northern Royal albatross - species description, science papers, bird call

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Northern royal albatross

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Toroa | Diomedea sanfordi

Has a wingspan more than 3 m long

Often seen foraging off the New Zealand coast in winterm long

Feeds mainly on squid and some fish

Breeds at Taiaroa Head (Otago Peninsula) and at the Chatham Islands, every second year

Travels vast distances around the Tasman Sea, Pacific Ocean and South Atlantic Ocean

NZ Threat Classification Naturally Uncommon

Majestic on land and arresting in flight, the northern royal albatross is one of the largest albatross species and very long-lived. One bird known as Grandma raised her last chick at the age of 62.

In the 1860s, large white wing feathers from northern royal albatross on the Chatham Islands were sent to Taranaki for supporters of Te Whiti to wear. He was a M?ori leader who founded the settlement of Parihaka. His followers wore the feathers to show they wanted peace and not fighting.

Useful links

Northern Royal albatross - species description, science papers, bird call