Galapagos Petrel

Pterodroma phaeopygia

Order

PROCELLARIIFORMES

Family

Petrels and Shearwaters (Procellariidae)

Code 4

Non AOU

Code 6

PTEPHA

ITIS

  • wgba_banner
  • ibird_banner
  • journal_banner
1 2 3

ILLUSTRATION

ask community
Copyright © 2004 - 2016 Mitch Waite Group

PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Critically Endangered

The Galapagos Petrel has a very limited range, breeding only in the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador. It also ranges in pelagic waters near the Galapagos Islands and off the coasts of southern Mexico, Central America, and Colombia. The global population of this bird is estimated at 10,000-19,999 individuals. This bird species has undergone, large, long-term population declines because of introduced predators (especially rats), habitat destruction at nesting sites, and other factors. Although there have been predator eradication programs in some areas, the existing threats are still enough to give this species an IUCN conservation rating of Critically Endangered.

IBIRD EXPLORER GENERAL

PHOTO SHARING AND DISCUSSION

BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY

SUMMARY

Overview

Galapagos Petrel: Medium petrel with dark slate-gray upperparts and white underparts. Sides of neck and underwing margins are dark. Bill is relatively short, black, and hooked. Legs and feet are pink-brown. Tail is white and wedge-shaped. Feeds on suqid, crustaceans, and fish. AKA Galapagos Petrel.

 

Range and Habitat

Galapagos Petrel: Found only on the Galapagos and Hawaiian Islands. Has been seen off the California Coast. Nests in a variety of environments from rain forests to sub-alpine rocky cliffs and will breed successfully as long as they are protected from predators. Pelagic; comes to land only to breed.

whatbird search for your browser

SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"oo ah oo"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Current breeding-population estimates from known nest sites on the islands of Maui and Hawai‘i range from 450 to 650 pairs.
  • Galapagos Petrels are often called gadfly petrels because of their erratic, swooping flight behavior at sea. It is also known as the Hawaiian Petrel.
  • A group of petrels are collectively known as a "gallon" and a "tank" of petrels.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Irina Rud-Volga

HELP ME IDENTIFY A BIRD

BACKYARD BIRDING

BIRDS AND BIRDING

.
PelagicX
The pelagic is a type of bird whose habitat is on the open ocean rather than in a coastal region or on inland bodies of water (lakes, rivers). An example of a pelagic bird is the blacklegged kittiwake.
UnderpartsX

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

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X