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Westland Petrel

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Photo © by janhaKaikura, New Zealand, October 2004
Photo © by janha
Kaikura, New Zealand, October 2004
Procellaria westlandica


[edit] Identification

Photo © by Doc DuckKaikoura, New Zealand, September 2018
Photo © by Doc Duck
Kaikoura, New Zealand, September 2018

50–55 cm (19¾-21½ in)

  • Sooty-black overall plumage
  • Greyish undersides primary bases and coverts
  • Yellowish black-tipped bill
  • Black legs and feet

Juveniles have a paler bill.

[edit] Distribution

South Island, New Zealand; disperses to Australia, Tasmania and western South America.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat

They breed in coastal forests, feeding offshore. Mostly pelagic when not breeding.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

The diet includes fish, squid and other cephalopods and some crustaceans.

[edit] Breeding

They nest in burrows within forested areas. They start breeding in the winter (March/April).

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Sept 2018)
  3. Dept of Conservation, New Zealand

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