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Pelagodroma marina
Photo by Tom Tarrant
Photo taken: Little Barrier Island, North Island, New Zealand.


19-21 cm. Pale brown to grey back, rump and wings, black flight feathers, white below, white face with a black eye mask.


Tristan da Cunha, Australia and New Zealand. North Atlantic colonies are on the Cape Verde Islands, Canary Islands and Savage Islands.


It is the only member of monotypic genus, Pelagodroma.


Open sea; breeds in rock crevices.


It nests in colonies close to the sea in rock crevices; 1 white egg is laid.

The diet includes planktonic food.

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