Seabird information

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Salvin's albatross

Thalassarche salvini

Has a distinctive pale grey head

Often seen in the Southern and South Pacific Oceans, especially following fishing boats

Feeds on fish and squid on the surface and with shallow dives

Breeds on Bounty and Snares Islands from October to April

Migrates to Australia, Chile and Peru

NZ Threat Classification Nationally Vulnerable

Studying these birds is a challenge! 95% of the world's population breeds on the Bounty Islands. These islands are essentially a group of large rocks sticking out of the ocean, packed with noisy birds and seals and covered with their smelly guano. Visiting scientists have to desalinate seawater to drink and wear earplugs at night to get any sleep.

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Salvin's albatross

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Thalassarche salvini

Has a distinctive pale grey head

Often seen in the Southern and South Pacific Oceans, especially following fishing boats

Feeds on fish and squid on the surface and with shallow dives

Breeds on Bounty and Snares Islands from October to April

Migrates to Australia, Chile and Peru

NZ Threat Classification Nationally Vulnerable

Studying these birds is a challenge! 95% of the world's population breeds on the Bounty Islands. These islands are essentially a group of large rocks sticking out of the ocean, packed with noisy birds and seals and covered with their smelly guano. Visiting scientists have to desalinate seawater to drink and wear earplugs at night to get any sleep.