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Pseudobulweria becki

Pterodroma becki


  • Dark brown upperparts, head and throat
  • Under-wings dark with distinct white wingbar
  • White belly and breast


At sea around islands east of Papua New Guinea; breeding location unknown.


This is a monotypic species.

P. (rostrata?) becki

Formerly lumped within Tahiti Petrel (P. rostrata) by Clements, it is now treated as a full species by Clements (2009), Howard & Moore (2003) and Sibley & Moore (1996).

Pseudobulweria vs. Pterodroma

Clements (2010) and Sibley & Monroe (1996) place Mascarene Petrel, Tahiti Petrel, Beck's Petrel and Fiji Petrel in Pterodroma. However, Howard & Moore, 2003, Brooke 2004, Christidis & Boles 2008, and Gill & Donsker 2010 recognise the genus Pseudobulweria.


Believed to breed on small islands with tall mountains, otherwise strictly pelagic.



It is likely to nest in burrows, which are visited nocturnally, however, as it has only recently been rediscovered, very little is known.


  1. Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Wikipedia

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