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Buller’s albatross chick

Buller’s albatross chick

New Zealand scientists discovered that adult Buller’s albatrosses obtained food for their chicks from the seas around the South Island, flying back to the Snares Islands, 130 kilometres south-west of Stewart Island, to deliver it. They investigated the birds’ vomit in July and August 2001 to determine what they ate: 72% dined on salps.

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Janet Grieve, 'Open ocean - Larger plankton in the food chain', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/5357/bullers-albatross-chick (accessed 8 December 2019)

Story by Janet Grieve, published 12 Jun 2006