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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...

Galapagos Shearwater Puffinus subalaris
2013-04-21 09:15:46

The Galapagos Shearwater (Puffinus subalaris) is a petite shearwater. Until recently, it was considered to be a subspecies of Audubon’s Shearwater, but it is actually one of two members of a very ancient lineage of the small Puffinus species, the other being, as indicated by mtDNA cytochrome b sequence data, the Christmas Shearwater. It’s an endemic breeder of the Galapagos Islands, and is...

Great Shearwater puffinus gravis
2013-01-01 14:28:01

The Great Shearwater (puffinus gravis) is a large shearwater in a seabird family called Procellariidae. There is unclear evidence of its relationships. The Great Shearwater belongs to a group consisting of large species that can be distinguished as genus Ardenna; within these, it might be associated with the other blunt-tailed black-billed species Short-tailed Shearwater and particularly the...

Flesh-Footed Shearwater Puffinus carneipes
2012-10-29 14:26:36

The plumage of this bird is black, with pale pinkish feet, and a black-tipped pale bill. In flight, the undersides of the wings may appear silver. Flesh-footed Shearwater is 40-47 cm in length, 510-750 g in weight, and the wingspan is 99-107 cm long. Breeding in colonies, these birds have two main breeding areas; one in the Southwest Pacific Ocean including Lord Howe Island and Northern New...

Christmas Shearwater Puffinus nativitatis
2012-04-03 13:55:30

The Christmas Shearwater, (Puffinus nativitatis), is a species of bird found throughout the tropical Central Pacific islands, including the Hawaiian Islands, Tuamotu, the Marshall Islands, Kiritimati and Sala-y-Gómez. It has become locally extinct on a number of islands within its range. During the non-breeding seasons it extends across the Pacific, with some records reaching Mexico and...

Manx Shearwater
2007-10-24 13:53:09

The Manx Shearwater (Puffinus puffinus), is a medium-sized seabird in the family of seabirds Procellariidae. Despite the scientific name, this species is completely unrelated to the puffins, which are auks, the only resemblance being that they are both burrow-nesting seabirds. The species originated from the Calf of Man, a small island just south of the Isle of Man. Its numbers declined there...

Bulwers Petrel
2007-10-24 13:50:38

The Bulwer's Petrel (Bulweria bulwerii), is a small seabird in the family Procellariidae. It is one of two species in the genus Bulweria. This bird is named after the Scottish naturalist James Bulwer. This seabird breeds in the north Atlantic in colonies on islands in the Cape Verde Islands, Azores, Canary Islands and Madeira groups. Bulwer's Petrel also breeds on islands across the north...

Westland Petrel
2007-10-24 13:48:19

The Westland Petrel (Procellaria westlandica), is a rare seabird that is found in New Zealand's forests. It is one of the largest petrels that nest in burrows. It has a highly restricted breeding range, currently confined to a small area of the west coast of New Zealand's South Island in an area protected in Paparoa National Park in dense forested hills. At sea it ranges from Tasmania to Chile...

White-chinned Petrel
2007-10-24 13:46:19

The White-chinned Petrel (Procellaria aequinoctialis), is a large seabird in the family Procellariidae. It ranges around the Southern Ocean as far north as South Australia, Peru and Namibia, and breeds colonially on scattered islands; South Georgia, Prince Edward Islands, Crozet Islands, Kerguelen Islands, Auckland Island, Campbell Island and Antipodes Islands. The diet of the...

Grey Petrel
2007-10-24 13:43:58

The Grey Petrel (Procellaria cinerea), also known as the Puffin Gris or Pardela Gris, is a species of seabird in the Procellariidae family. It is found in Antarctica, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile,Falkland Islands, French Southern Territories, Mozambique, Namibia, New Zealand, Peru, Saint Helena, South Africa, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, and Uruguay. Its natural habitats...

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