Providence Petrel

Pterodroma solandri

Order

PROCELLARIIFORMES

Family

Petrels and Shearwaters (Procellariidae)

Code 4

Non-AOU

Code 6

PTESOL

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Vulnerable

The Providence Petrel ranges over an area of 43,100,000 square kilometers. However, the majority of this range is open ocean and this species only breeds on the southern part of Lord Howe Island and on Phillip Island in the Tasman Sea. Non-breeding birds range over a huge area from the Tasman Sea north through the central Pacific Ocean to the southern edge of the Bering Sea. The global population of the Providence Petrel is estimated at 100,000 individuals. Despite the large population, this species has been given a conservation rating of Vulnerable because it nests in just two small areas, and is thus highly susceptible to impacts on its breeding grounds.

SUMMARY

Overview

Providence Petrel: Medium-sized, gray-brown seabird with black spot in front of eye, gray-white on front and around base of bill, and gray-white mottling on belly. Long, pointed wings are gray-brown on top of primaries and gray-white on underside of primaries and secondaries. Medium-length rounded tail. Sexes and juvenile similar.

 

Range and Habitat

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Providence Petrel SONGS AND CALLS

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"kik-kik-kik", "ker-rer-kuk-kuk-kuk-ker-rer"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Other common names for this species include Mount Pitt Bird, Solander's Petrel, Brown-headed Petrel, Bill Hill Muttonbird, and Bird of Providence.
  • The species name for the Providence Petrel, solandri, commemorates the Swedish botanist Daniel Solander.
  • They do not swim often, but when they do, stay in shallow water. They climb to strip flowers and get seeds from reeds.
  • A group of petrels is collectively known as a "gallon" and a "tank" of petrels.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP PALAU

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This map shows how this species is distributed across the Palau islands.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Artist

Chris Vest

HELP ME IDENTIFY A BIRD

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BellyX
The ventral part of the bird, or the area between the flanks on each side and the crissum and breast. Flight muscles are located between the belly and the breast.
PrimariesX
The primaries are the flight feathers specialized for flight. They are attached to the "hand" equivalent part of the wing.
SecondariesX
Flight feathers that are attached to the wing in the area similar to the human forearm and between the body and the primaries.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X