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Campbell Island Albatross

Campbell Island Albatross (Thalassarche impavida)

Campbell Island Albatross
Endemic to the Campbell Islands with approximately 24,600 pairs. Not as common a visitor to Kaikoura waters as melanophris.

There are 2 species of black-browed albatross which are almost identical in flight. They are distinguished from one another by eye colouration. The Campbell Island albatross has a distinctive pale yellow iris whilst the Sub-Antarctic black-browed has a dark coloured eye.

They feed aggressively around fishing boats for scraps of food. Black-browed albatross are especially vulnerable to being caught on the baited hooks from longliners.