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Photo by Tom Tarrant
Little Barrier Island, North Island, []New Zealand]


Pelagodroma marina


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.


There are 6 subspecies[1]:

  • P. m. hypoleuca:
  • Salvage Island (North Atlantic Ocean)
  • P. m. eadesorum:
  • P. m. marina:
  • Tristan da Cunha and Gough islands
  • P. m. dulciae:
  • P. m. maoriana:
  • P. m. albiclunis:
  • Kermadec Islands


Open sea; breeds in rock crevices.



They nest in colonies close to the sea in rock crevices; a single white egg is laid.


The diet includes planktonic food.


  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/

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