Antipodean albatrossToroa

Conservation status
In serious trouble

Antipodean albatross is the party leader species representing all of the amazing albatross species in Aotearoa. They spend most of their lives at sea, only coming on land to raise young every two years. They don’t start breeding until they are seven to perhaps 20 years old and have an elaborate courtship. This lasts several years and initially involves a characteristic singing and dancing display. They form enduring pairs that mostly last until one of them dies. These albatrosses are named Antipodean after Antipodes Island in New Zealand’s subantarctic islands. This island has also been called Moutere Mahue – translated from Māori, it means “abandoned” as it’s so isolated from the mainland.

Campaign Manager

Dan Brady

Dan Brady

With almost a quarter of all seabirds calling Aotearoa home, it's safe to say that we are the seabird capital of the world. What better bird to lead the seabird capital than a seabird? Teaming up with conservation charities Live Ocean and Southern Seabird Solutions, campaign manager Dan Brady is determined to promote awareness of one of our most critically endangered manu puiaki. Ignore the kea in his photo. Toroa's still #1.

Antipodean albatross