Black-winged Petrel

Pterodroma nigripennis

Order

PROCELLARIIFORMES

Family

Petrels and Shearwaters (Procellariidae)

Code 4

BWPE

Code 6

PTENIG

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Black-winged Petrel is a small petrel that occurs over deep waters of the central and southern tropical Pacific ocean. It breeds on remote islands in the southwestern Pacific and migrates to the central and eastern Pacific Ocean, including waters around the Hawaiian Islands. Although the Black-winged Petrel is believed to be in decline, it has been given a conservation rating of Least Concern based on an estimated population size of 8,000,000 to 10,000,000.

SUMMARY

Overview

Black-winged Petrel: This petrel is medium-sized with dark gray around the eye, upperwings black with gray secondaries, underparts white with narrow gray band across upper breast, underwing white with black edging. It has a stout, short black bill and pink legs and feet with black toes. Flight has rapid wing beats with glides and soaring arcs. The diet is mainly comprised of squid and prawns.

 

Range and Habitat

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Black-winged Petrel SONGS AND CALLS

Black-winged Petrel QQ1

High-pitched, squeaky calls.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"Reet weet weet"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • A group of petrels are collectively known as a "gallon" and a "tank" of petrels.
  • Because it nests only on remote oceanic islands, not much is known about its breeding biology.
  • The Black-winged Petrel was first described in 1893 by British zoologist Lionel Walter Rothschild.
  • Unlike many other related birds, the breeding range of this bird is expanding.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP HAWAII

About this Hawaii Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across the Hawaiian island.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Artist

Chris Vest

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Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

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Flight feathers that are attached to the wing in the area similar to the human forearm and between the body and the primaries.
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