Your Christmas Shopping for a Song

Date posted: 04-Dec-2017

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

2018 Photo Comp opens for entries

Date posted: 27-Nov-2017

The 2018 Photo Competition is now open for entries. Click here (/2018-photo-competition-tiritiri-mat..

New reports on ruru nesting and Island conservation

Date posted: 02-Oct-2017

Two new reports have been added to the website. The first gives details of a summer students..

2018 calendars now available

Date posted: 27-Sep-2017

Our latest calendar, beautifully illustrated with images taken on the Island, is now available fo..

Guided walks for photographers

Date posted: 21-Jun-2017

For a wonderful day of wildlife photography please join us on Tiritiri Matangi Island for a Ph..

Ferry discounts for Supporters

Date posted: 18-May-2017

Tiritiri Matangi Island, the perfect winter's day trip. The birds are at their best, warm up w..

More kiwi for the Island

Date posted: 04-Apr-2017

In 1993 and 1995, sixteen little spotted kiwi were released on Tiritiri Matangi Island. The ma..

2017 Photo Competition

Date posted: 22-Mar-2017

It is that time of year again when we are looking for entries for our photo competition (and phot..

The 2017 concert

Date posted: 05-Feb-2017

This year's concert promises to be another wonderful and unique experience. Click here (/concert-..

Shorebird Film Festival at Devonport

Date posted: 26-Oct-2016

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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.