Parkinson's Petrel

Procellaria parkinsoni

Order

PROCELLARIIFORMES

Family

Petrels and Shearwaters (Procellariidae)

Code 4

PAPE

Code 6

PROPAR

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Vulnerable

The Parkinson's Petrel is a large tube-nosed seabird that breeds on two islands in the Hauraki Gulf of New Zealand. After breeding, they migrate to deep waters of the central eastern Pacific Ocean. They shallow dive and pick squid and other small marine creatures from the surface of the water. This species is threatened by longline fishing and potentially threatened by introduced predators on their breeding grounds and has been given a conservation rating of Vulnerable.

SUMMARY

Overview

Parkinson's Petrel: Medium to large seabird with overall black or dark brown plumage. It has a yellow-white bill with a black tip, black legs and feet, and a medium length tail. Has powerful flight with slow flapping followed by long glides on long wings.

 

Range and Habitat

Parkinson's Petrel: Breeds in forest on Great Barrier and Little Barrier islands in New Zealand and forages in pelagic waters of the Pacific Ocean. After breeding, migrates to pelagic waters of the eastern Pacific and has occurred once as a vagrant in waters off the California coast at the Cordell Banks.

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Parkinson's Petrel SONGS AND CALLS

Parkinson's Petrel Silent

Generally silent except on breeding grounds.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"Clack"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • It used to nest on the main New Zealand islands before being eradicated there by introduced predators.
  • The Parkinson's Petrel is also known as the Black Petrel.
  • This species feeds both at night and during the day.
  • A group of petrels are collectively known as a "gallon" and a "tank" of petrels.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

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This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

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Yury Lisyak

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