Wandering albatrossesDiomedea exulans & D. antipodensis
The species complex of wandering albatrosses is split in New Zealand into the wandering (or snowy; Diomedea exulans), the Antipodean (D. antipodensis antipodensis), and the Gibson's (D. a. gibsoni) albatrosses. Only the latter two, considered to be separate species in the past, breed in New Zealand on Antipodes, Campbell, and Auckland islands. The wandering albatrosses were grouped with royal albatrosses on bird count forms used until 2007, but not on forms currently in use. Species within the wandering albatross complex can be difficult to distinguish at sea, especially immatures, and misidentifications may be common. For this reason, the distribution is shown here for the whole complex and not for each species (although the species are distinguished in the data).