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Antipodean Albatross - profile

Indicative distribution

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The areas shown in pink and/purple are the sub-regions where the species or community is known or predicted to occur. They may not occur thoughout the sub-region but may be restricted to certain areas. ( click here to see geographic restrictions). The information presented in this map is only indicative and may contain errors and omissions.
Scientific name: Diomedea antipodensis
Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Vulnerable
Gazetted date: 05 Oct 2001
Profile last updated: 22 Oct 2020


A large Albatross species, with breeding confined to New Zealand. Juveniles are very similar in appearance to juvenile Wandering Albatross. Breeding females have chocolate-brown upperparts with white 'waves' on their back, a white face mask and throat,a broad brown breast-band with a white lower breast and belly with brown undertail-coverts, and a white underwing with a dark tip. Breeding males are whiter than the females but never as white as the whitest Wandering Albatross. Both sexes have a pink bill.


The species ranges across the southern Pacific Ocean, east to the coast of Chile and west to eastern Australia.

Habitat and ecology

  • The majority of birds breed on Antipodes Island, with a small number of pairs breeding on Campbell Island.
  • The Antipodean Albatross breeds biennially in colonies on ridges, slopes and plateaus of isolated subantarctic islands, usually in vegetation such as grass tussocks.
  • Egg laying begins in January (Antipodes Island) and February (Campbell Island), and chicks usually fledge the following year in January and March.
  • The annual breeding population is relatively small and has been estimated at 5,154 pairs.
  • This species regularly occurs in small numbers off the NSW south coast from Green Cape to Newcastle during winter where they feed on cuttlefish.
  • Although representing a small proportion on its total foraging area, potential forage in NSW waters is nonetheless considered significant for the species.
  • Forage for the Antipodean Albatross is extremely patchy, both spatially and temporally, and individuals traverse great distances in search of food.
  • This species feeds pelagically on squid, fish and crustaceans.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
OceanBatemans Shelf Predicted None
OceanHawkesbury Shelf Known None
OceanManning Shelf Predicted None
OceanSouth Pacific Ocean Known None
OceanTweed-Moreton Predicted None
OceanTwofold Shelf Predicted None
Ocean - Other StateNorthern Australian Coastal Waters Known None