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Pseudobulweria aterrima

Pterodroma aterrima

Identification

36cm. Large bill, long wings and fairly long tail, blackish-brown, possibly with grey-black underwing. Bill black and legs pink.

Distribution

Mascarene Islands and Reunion

Taxonomy

Pseudobulweria vs. Pterodroma

Clements (2010) and Sibley & Monroe (1996) place Mascarene Petrel, Tahiti Petrel, Beck's Petrel and Fiji Petrel in Pterodroma. However, Howard & Moore, 2003, Brooke 2004, Christidis & Boles 2008, and Gill & Donsker 2010 recognise the genus Pseudobulweria.

Habitat

Breeds on oceanic islands, otherwise at sea.

Behaviour

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