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New Zealand Storm Petrel - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Jeff Hopkins
Pelagic trip, Marsden Cove, North Island, New Zealand, 29 January 2023
Fregetta maoriana

Oceanites maorianus


Dark brown/black above, white rump, black underparts, white belly with black streaking.


New Zealand. This species was considered extinct with the last specimen from 1850 until it was rediscovered in 2003.


This is a monotypic species.
It's sometimes placed in genus Oceanites.


Photo © by Tom Tarrant
Near Little Barrier Island, North Island, New Zealand

At sea, and is pelagic outside the breeding season.


Nocturnal at the breeding sites to avoid predation by gulls and skuas. Like most petrels, its walking ability is limited to a short shuffle to the burrow.


  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 and D Donsker (Eds). 2011. IOC World Bird Names (version 2.10). Available at http://www.worldbirdnames.org/.

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