The lesser albatross belong to the genus Thalassarche. They are more commonly referred to as mollymawks.
Listed below are the ten varieties of the smaller lesser albatross (mollymawk) species that can be seen in the waters off Kaikoura.
Recent Bird Sightings
With around 150 species of birds recorded here so far, Kaikoura is one of New Zealand's top birding destinations. The wonderful array of seabirds just offshore are the jewel in the crown with five varieties of Great Albatross, nine varieties of the smaller Lesser Albatross, seven varieties of Shearwaters, fourteen Petrel varieties, and several other seabird varies such as Shags, Prions, Penguins, Gulls and Terns.