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Westland Petrel - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by janha
Kaikura, New Zealand, October 2004
Procellaria westlandica


Photo © by Doc Duck
Kaikoura, New Zealand, September 2018

50–55 cm (19¾-21½ in)

  • Sooty-black overall plumage
  • Greyish undersides primary bases and coverts
  • Yellowish black-tipped bill
  • Black legs and feet

Juveniles have a paler bill.


South Island, New Zealand; disperses to Australia, Tasmania and western South America.


This is a monotypic species[1].


They breed in coastal forests, feeding offshore. Mostly pelagic when not breeding.



The diet includes fish, squid and other cephalopods and some crustaceans.


They nest in burrows within forested areas. They start breeding in the winter (March/April).


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Sept 2018)
  3. Dept of Conservation, New Zealand

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