The Salvin's albatross, endemic to New Zealand, mainly breeds on Bounty and Snares islands (approximately 30,000 annual breeding pairs). It has a lighter head and paler bill than the Chatham albatross, and a lighter head and a paler and shorter bill than the Buller's albatrosses . However, some misidentifications may occur.
Mean number of Salvin's albatross recorded around fishing vessels during
counts carried out by government observers, binned to 0.4 degree of longitude and latitude. The size
of the circle indicates the number of observations, whereas the colour indicates the
mean number of birds recorded during counts. Empty circles indicate that no birds were observed. The grey
areas indicate water depths of less than 1000 m.