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Hawaiian Petrel - BirdForum Opus

Pterodroma sandwichensis


37·5–40 cm (14¾-15¾ in)

  • Long wings
  • Long tail
  • Dark cap
  • Blackish upperparts
  • White underparts
  • Pink and black feet


Hawaiian Islands; ranges south to Polynesia.

Nests primarily in rocky openings in high elevation alpine lava fields and mountainsides on Mauna Loa and East Maui. Smaller nesting populations in other parts of the Hawaiian Islands are less well known.


This is a monotypic species1.


Oceanic except when breeding.



Their diet consists mostly of squid and octopus.


Nests are built in burrows or rock crevices. A single white egg is laid.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Oct 2017)
  3. Animal.memozee

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