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Changing Eating Habits Of The Hawaiian Petrel And Other Sea Birds Concern Scientists
2013-05-14 08:29:00

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Changes in the eating habits of endangered Hawaiian petrels have scientists concerned about the impact that the growth of industrialized fishing will have not only on the seabirds but upon other species of animals as well. Researchers from Michigan State University (MSU) and the Smithsonian Institution (SI) looked at both ancient and modern remains of the birds, which spent much of their lives foraging for food in the Pacific...

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2009-09-14 12:40:00

Conservationists say the first ever positive identification at sea of the Fijian petrel raised hopes for the survival of the world's most mysterious and endangered seabirds, AFP reported. The Fiji petrel virtually disappeared and has not been positively identified since the last specimen was documented in 1855. However, the first time the chocolate colored petrel had ever been positively identified on the water came during a successful 11-day expedition by scientists to the seas off the...

2009-05-06 10:49:09

The first U.S. satellite study of the Spectacled Petrel has revealed new information about the rare bird's ecology, with major conservation implications. Researchers said the Spectacled Petrel was only recognized as a unique species, separate from the White-chinned Petrel, a decade ago, and until now, little was known about its non-breeding distribution. But American Bird Conservancy scientists said a donation of satellite transmitters by North Star Science and Technology LLC allowed ABC...

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2009-04-17 11:40:00

Bermuda's national bird, which is on the brink of extinction, has shown signs of mating after a baby bird was spotted on a secluded offshore sanctuary this week, the Associated Press reported. The evidence of a nesting baby Cahow could help researchers bring the rare creature back from the brink of extinction. Bermuda's Department of Conservation said on Thursday that scientists found the baby bird nestled in an artificial concrete burrow on protected Nonsuch Island. Witnesses say it is the...

2007-12-11 09:04:16

A rare burrowing bird known as a Cook's petrel seems to have dug a real hole for itself: it lives on a small island crawling with hungry rats and cats. Although the pests eat both eggs and chicks, new research suggests that the old adage "my enemy's enemy is my friend" holds true for the petrel, native to New Zealand's Little Barrier Island. "What we found was that this little seabird did better when both cats and rats were on the island, rather than just rats," said Matt...

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2005-07-26 05:50:00

JOHANNESBURG -- "Monster mice" are eating meter-high albatross chicks alive, threatening rare bird species on a remote south Atlantic island seen as the world's most important seabird colony. Conservation groups say the avian massacre is occurring on Gough Island in the South Atlantic, a British territory about 1,600 kms (1,000 miles) southwest of Cape Town and home to more than 10 million birds. "Gough Island hosts an astonishing community of seabirds and this catastrophe could make many...


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Kermadec Petrel, Pterdroma neglecta
2013-04-23 23:11:14

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...

Great-Winged Petrel, Pterodroma macroptera
2013-04-23 12:41:43

The Great-winged Petrel or Grey-faced Petrel (Pterodroma macroptera) is a petrel. In New Zealand, it is also known by its Maori name oi and as a muttonbird. The following are the two recognized subspecies of P. macroptera. - P. m. macroptera and P. m gouldi, the latter of the two is endemic to New Zealand, and is often called the Grey-faced Petrel. It breeds in the Southern Hemisphere between 30 and 50 degrees south having colonies on Tristan da Cunha, Gough Island, the Crozet Islands,...

Zino’s Petrel, Pterodroma Madeira
2013-04-21 09:46:05

The Zino’s Petrel (Pterodroma madeira) is a little seabird in the gadfly petrel genus which is endemic to the island of Madeira. This long-winged petrel has a grey back and wings, with a dark “W” marking across the wings, and a grey upper tail. The undersides of the wings are blackish except for a white triangle at the front edge near the body, and the belly is white with grey flanks. It’s very similar in appearance to the slightly larger Fea’s Petrel, and separating these two...

Juan Fernandez Petrel, Pterodroma externa
2013-04-21 08:46:35

The Juan Fernandez Petrel (pterodroma externa) is a species of seabird in the family Procellariidae. It breeds only on one island in Chile, Isla Alejandro Selkirk. The breeding population was estimated at 1,000,000 pairs in 1985 to 1986, and there may be up to 3 to 5 million birds worldwide. It is threatened by predation from introduced species such as cats and rats and, to a lesser extent, habitat loss from introduced herbivores such as goats. The IUCN Red List lists this species as...

Galápagos Petrel, Pterodroma phaeopygia
2012-10-27 22:25:38

This large, long-winged seabird is found in the five islands of the Galapagos Archipelago. The local people of the islands often call them “patabegada”. This species was once known as The Dark-Rumped Petrel, although recent changes have eliminated that name from current use. This bird is an endemic marine bird and usually nests in highlands with high humidity. In the past, the petrel population was severely affected by introduced mammals that depredated and altered the nesting...

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Word of the Day
abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.