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Buller's Albatross

 Buller's Albatross (Thalassarche bulleri)

 The Buller’s albatross is endemic to New Zealand and breeds in 4 main colonies on the Snares Islands, and Solander Islands in the south, the Forty Fours and the Sisters in the Chatham Islands (to the east of New Zealand) and Rosemary Rock in the Three Kings Islands in the north.

The total breeding population is estimated at 30,500 breeding pairs with the highest concentration of breeding birds occurring in the Forty Fours in the Chatham Islands.

Buller’s albatross are frequently observed in Kaikoura throughout the winter months, but are notably absent during the summer months during their breeding season, when they are more likely to forage closer to their breeding colonies.