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Photo © by tomjenner
off Cape Town, South Africa, June 2013
Procellaria conspicillata

Identification

Has a white ring going from the rear end of the forehead down almost to the bill, and from there below the auriculars before turning up to the rear of the crown. On at least some birds, there is a continuation from the lowest, foremost point going down below the chin which is actually black in this species. The rest of the body looks very dark on photos. Bill is pale with slightly darker tip.

Vulnerable.

Distribution

Photo © by Michael Hooper
S Atlantic North of the Falklands, 23 January 2020

Only known to occur on Inaccessible Island in the Tristan da Cunha group. Feeding areas include areas near the coast of Brazil but mainly out in open sea[2].

Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

It was formerly considerd conspecific with White-chinned Petrel.

Habitat

Open sea.

Behaviour

It nests in burrow.

References

  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. Story about the satellite tagging of five Spectacled Petrels

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