Story: Albatrosses

Northern Buller’s albatross colony (2nd of 2)

Northern Buller’s albatross colony

This colony of Buller’s albatrosses  (also called Buller’s mollymawks) is on Little Sister Island, in the Chathams group. Pictured here are chicks on nests, visiting adults, and at the back, a chick that is being fed. Seen here is the northern subspecies (sometimes called the Pacific mollymawk), which compared with the southern subspecies has a brighter bill and forehead. They breed on several islands of the Chathams group, and at a small colony on the Three Kings Islands.

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Photograph by C. J. R. Robertson

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Paul Sagar, 'Albatrosses - New Zealand’s smaller albatrosses', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 7 December 2023)

Story by Paul Sagar, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015