Population Estimate: 25K - 100K
Range / Habitat: Favors tidal mudflats along the coasts of New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, Paupa New Guinea, and the Solomon Islands.
Field Notes: Large, brilliantly white wading bird with long, black spoon-shaped bill. The white plumes on the head signify breeding plumage. Unmistakable in range.
Personal Notes: First seen among the albatross at Taiaroa Head. Later seen in abundance in the Catlins.