Light-mantled sooty albatross
Around the third of the global population of light-mantled sooty albatrosses breeds in New Zealand (less than 7,000 pairs annually), mainly on Auckland, Campbell, and Antipodes islands. The light-mantled sooty albatross is easily identifiable and confusion with other seabirds is unlikely.
Mean number of light-mantled sooty 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.