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Chatham Petrel - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: Chatham Islands Petrel

Pterodroma axillaris


  • Slate grey back, upper wings and head
  • White underparts
  • Deep grey shoulders and upper-wing coverts
  • Deep grey "M" pattern
  • Grey and white forehead
  • White underwing
  • Black diagional band from bend of wing to body at base of underwing


New Zealand: found on Rangitira Island (Chatham Islands) and adjacent seas.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Pastures, low shrublands, and tall coastal forest.


The nest is a burrow under the forest canopy, lined with leaves. A single white egg is laid.


  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
  3. New Zealand Government

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