Hihi volunteer needed

Date posted: 18-Oct-2018

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2019 Calendars now available

Date posted: 05-Sep-2018

The new 2019 calendars are now available and this year's is better than ever! Th..

Winners of kokako photo competition

Date posted: 02-Sep-2018

The stunning winning photographs from those submitted to the competition as part..

Kokako Celebration

Date posted: 21-Jul-2018


Kokako Photographic Competition

Date posted: 20-Jul-2018

KĊŒKAKO PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION Celebrating 21 years on Tiritiri Matangi To ce..

New monitoring reports published

Date posted: 19-Jul-2018

Reports on monitoring studies carried out over the past year have now been poste..

2018 Concert coming up soon

Date posted: 15-Feb-2018

Our 2018 concert will feature an afternoon of light classics and jazz courtesy of the Auckland Ph..

Wetapunga talk coming soon

Date posted: 05-Feb-2018

For the Social on 19 March the speaker will be Ben Goodwin of Auckland Zoo, who will talk about t..

Rat caught and now takahe released from pens

Date posted: 28-Jan-2018

Thankfully DOC staff Andre de Graaf and Polly Hall and their assistants have trapped the rat whic..

Your Christmas Shopping for a Song

Date posted: 04-Dec-2017

Aka - The Grand Christmas Shopping Expedition to Tiritiri Matangi Island Shop Dreading..

Buller's Shearwater

Scientific name:

 Puffinus bulleri



Conservation status:

 Naturally uncommon

Mainland status:

 The NZ coast, esp. off Northland, the Hauraki Gulf and the Bay of Plenty


 46cm, 425g




 November – May


 Krill, fish, salps and jellyfish   

The Buller's shearwater is quite strikingly marked. The head and back of the neck are dark brown, the underparts are white and the back and upper wings are grey with a bold dark ‘M’ across the wings, lower back and rump. The long wedge-shaped tail has a broad black tip and the bluish grey bill with a darker tip is long and slender. The legs and feet are pink with dark outer toes and outer edge of the tarsus. They have a braying call.

Their diet is small krill, small fish, salps and jellyfish. The also scavenge for scraps around fishing boats.

They breed in large dense colonies on the Poor Knights Islands. Breeding takes place between November and May after they return in mid-September to court and then clean out their burrows in October. The single white egg is incubated by both sexes for about 51 days and most chicks fledge at about 90 days old.

During April to late May Buller’s Shearwaters migrate to the northern and eastern North Pacific.

Although their breeding sites are well to the north of Tiritiri Matangi, Buller's shearwaters are seen frequently from the boat travelling to and from the Island, and can often be seen around fishing boats from the East Coast track.

Find out more about Buller's shearwaters at New Zealand Birds Online.

Photography by: Simon Fordham ©

References: Heather, B.D.; Robertson, H.A. 2000 The Field Guide to the Birds of New Zealand. Auckland, Viking. Moon, G The Reed Field Guide to New Zealand Birds.