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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...

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...

Zinos 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....

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,...

Galpagos 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...

Cooks Petrel Pterodroma cookii
2012-04-03 13:59:46

Cook’s Petrel, (Pterodroma cookii), is a species of seabird and a member of the gadfly petrels. The breeding habitat of this species is limited to three small islands in New Zealand: Little Barrier Island, Great Barrier Island, and Codfish Island. It migrates to the Pacific Ocean when it is not breeding. It can sometimes be seen well off the west coast of the United States and tropical South...

Black-capped Petrel Pterodroma hasitata
2012-04-02 15:15:29

The Black-capped Petrel, (Pterodroma hasitata), also known as the Diablotin, is a species of seabird native to the West Indies. Once widespread throughout this region, it is now far less common. It is an uncommon vagrant to the southeastern United States, and an extremely rare vagrant to western Europe. Habitat loss, introduced predators, and human activities are the main causes for the...

Bermuda Petrel
2007-10-24 13:54:31

The Bermuda Petrel (Pterodroma cahow), is a gadfly petrel. It is commonly known as the Cahow in Bermuda. It is the national bird of Bermuda as well. It is a symbol of hope for natural conservation. It is a slow breeder, returning to its former nesting place after it turns 5 years old and laying one egg per season. Though protected, the bird is at risk due to predation from rats, cats and dogs...

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maffling
  • To stammer.
  • Present participle of maffle, to stammer.
  • A simpleton.
The word 'maffle' may come from a Dutch word meaning 'to move the jaws' or a French word meaning 'having large cheeks'.