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Pterodroma caribbaea


Slightly smaller than Black-capped Petrel. Mostly a sooty-brown species which had a greyish to whitish marking at the intersection between tail and rump and sometimes showed enough pale edgings to offset a black cap.


Formerly Jamaica. Extinct ca 1936, though birds of the world states the last certain observations were made in 1879[3]. Additional reports of dark breasted birds were made from Guadeloupe, but no specimens and obviously no photos makes it uncertain whether this was the same species.


Previously included within Black-capped Petrel.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Mostly at sea but breeding in burrows high in forested mountain slopes.


Breeding seems to have taken place between September and May-June.


No information.


  1. Clements, J. F., P. C. Rasmussen, T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, A. Spencer, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2023. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2023. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F, D Donsker, and P Rasmussen (Eds). 2023. IOC World Bird List (v 13.2). Doi 10.14344/IOC.ML.13.2. http://www.worldbirdnames.org/
  3. del Hoyo, J., N. Collar, G. M. Kirwan, C. J. Sharpe, and S. M. Billerman (2023). Jamaican Petrel (Pterodroma caribbaea), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (S. M. Billerman, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.bkcpet2.01
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  • Howell, S.N.G. 2012. Petrells, Albatrosses and Storm-Petrels of North America. Princeton University Press, New Jersey, USA. ISBN 978-0-691-14211-1

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