The grey-headed albatross has a wide circumpolar distribution. There are approximately 7,000 pairs breeding annually in New Zealand, on Campbell Island. These birds comprise less than 7% of the global population of breeding pairs. This species bears some resemblance to the Buller's albatross, and some misidentifications at sea might be expected.
Mean number of grey-headed 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.