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Gould's Petrel - BirdForum Opus

Probably ssp caledonica
Photo © by The Bosun
Coral Sea, about 50nm SW of Noumea, March 2013

Alternative name: White-winged Petrel

Pterodroma leucoptera


30 cm
Some of these forms have both light and dark morphs


Photo © by swiss7
Wollongong, Australia

South America, Asia, Australasia
South America: Ecuador, Chile
Asia: Indonesia, Greater Sundas, Sulawesi
Australasia: Papua New Guinea, Australia: New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria,



There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • P. l. leucoptera:
  • Breeds Cabbage Tree Island (off eastern Australia); ranges southern Pacific Ocean
  • P. l. caledonica:

Formerly considered conspecific with Collared Petrel.


Breeds near the coast usually on islands, spends the rest of its time at sea.



Breeding displays seems to involved birds calling from the ground at night as well as nightly display flights over breeding areas.


Poorly documented, but apparently consists mostly of squid and small fish.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Birdforum thread discussing the new subspecies in posts 9-?
  4. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved May 2014)

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