Story: Bird migration

White-fronted terns

White-fronted terns

White-fronted terns and gannets are among the seabird species that breed in New Zealand and then migrate. It is mostly juveniles that leave, crossing the Tasman Sea to feed along the Australian coastline. Some banded dotterels also migrate to Australia, particularly those that breed in the South Island high country.

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Christina Troup, 'Bird migration - New Zealand’s migratory birds', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 September 2021)

Story by Christina Troup, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015