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Pterodroma cervicalis
Photo by swiss7
Wollongong, Australia

Identification

43 cm

  • Black cap
  • White rear neck
  • Dark grey back, wings and tail (darker rump)
  • White underparts
  • Dark bases to primary feathers
  • Upperparts of worn birds become darker

Distribution

Breeds on the Kermadec Islands (New Zealand); ranges the southern Pacific Ocean.

Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

Habitat

Pelagic, except when breeding on seasonally wet or flooded lowland grassland.

Behaviour

Diet

They eat fish and squid, taken from near the surface.

References

  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Wikipedia

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