Salvin's Albatross (Thalassarche salvini)
These birds breed in densely packed colonies on small rocky islands with nests as close as 1 metre apart. They feed mainly on squid and fish.
Young Salvin's albatross fly to the east of New Zealand and spend several years off the west coast of South America. Most Salvin’s albatross leave Kaikoura at the end of summer and are assumed to migrate to South America following the Humboldt Current System, although a few stragglers are still sometimes observed in Kaikoura during winter time.
Salvin’s albatross are the least studied albatross species and have also suffered high mortality rates from longline and trawl fishing.