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Also known as the Chatham Island Taiko. A medium sized black and white petrel with proportionally long wings and slightly wedge shaped tail with a rounded tip. Head, dorsal surface and both sides of wing are a sooty brown/black. Belly white with a sharp demarcation line between dark neck and white breast. Stout bill and legs and feet pink.
Incredibly rare sea bird with less than 20 breeding pairs recorded. It is an endemic breeder to the Chatham Islands and ranges the southern sub-tropical regions of the Pacific Ocean between east Australia - South America. It is very rarely ever seen at sea.
A lone petrel was shot from the decks of an Italian warship, the "Magenta" in the south Pacific in 1867. At that time it was unknown to science so was named after the ship. It was never recorded again until 1978 when it was rediscovered on the southern end of Chatham Island by New Zealander David Crockett. Its breeding area has been privately protected and managed by The Chatham Island Taiko Trust. Numbers are very fragile. This bird was photographed during routine check on newly returned breeding birds. Ref NZ Birds Online. - For anyone interested in NZ birds this is a great resource.