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Black Petrel

Procellaria parkinsoni


Medium sized Procellaria Petrel (46 cm, wing span 115 cm). Uniform dark brown/black with black legs and bright yellow bill with black tip.


A rare New Zealand endemic. Breeds on Little Barrier Island in small numbers and since the early 1900's, Great Barrier Island also. Was quite common before this but land predators and especially feral cats all but eradicated the species from the main land and also Little Barrier. When breeding, birds stay in local waters but non breeding birds have been recorded off the east coast of Australia and west into the eastern tropical Pacific off Mexico to Peru and the Galapagos.


There are a couple of similar looking species but the Maori name for all of them is Taiko. Tai meaning sea and ko meaning to dig.

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triggsturner 6 years ago

Thanks Mark. If you ever find yourself in NZ in the summer months I will help you go find one if motion sickness doesnt get you ;)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Great spotting. One I'm unlikely to see also.

triggsturner 6 years ago

Thank you Polilla. These birds are not particularly well known out of specialist circles so its good to share them with wild life lovers in general.

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Auckland, New Zealand

Spotted on Oct 27, 2013
Submitted on Jun 8, 2015

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