Kermadec Petrel, Pterdroma neglecta

The Kermadec Petrel (Pterdroma neglecta) is a species of seabird belonging to the family Procellariidae.

It’s found in Australia, Japan, Chile, Micronesia, Mexico, Norfolk Island, New Zealand, Pitcairn, and the United States. The Kermadec Petrel is rarely documented west of Lord Howe Island, where it maintains a small colony of less than 100 individuals on an offshore rock called Balls Pyramid. In the past, it also bred in some numbers on the main islands, however, it is seen as unlikely today.

Not much is known about this birds breeding pattern at Balls Pyramid, though it usually nests there in the late summer. This coincides with the breeding patterns of other birds belonging to the Kermadec Islands.

Image Caption: Kermadec Petrel (Pterodroma neglecta), chick and parent. Credit: Lance Andrewes/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 2.0)