Story: Gannets and boobies

Cape Kidnappers colony

Cape Kidnappers colony

Shortly before 1880 gannets began breeding on the mainland of New Zealand at Cape Kidnappers. This elevated headland, on the east coast of the North Island, is now a reserve, and thousands of birds nest and raise chicks there between September and May.

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Maggy Wassilieff, 'Gannets and boobies - Gannets: description and habitat', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 April 2024)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015