Bulwer's Petrel

Bulweria bulwerii

Order

PROCELLARIIFORMES

Family

Petrels and Shearwaters (Procellariidae)

Code 4

BUPE

Code 6

BULBUL

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Bulwer's Petrel breeds on various islands in the subtropical and tropical Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific Oceans, and ranges in pelagic waters of the central and eastern Atlantic, tropical Indian, and subtropical and tropical Pacific Oceans. The population of this bird species is approximately 1 million individual birds. The conservation rating of the Bulwer's Petrel is Least Concern.

SUMMARY

Overview

Bulwer's Petrel: This medium-sized petrel is dark brown overall with pale diagonal bars across secondary coverts. The long tail is usually held in a point; wedge shape visible when fanned. It has a black hooked bill and black legs and feet. Feeds on squid and small fish. It picks food from the surface while in flight. Makes a series of stiff flaps before each short twisting glide. Sexes are alike.

 

Range and Habitat

Bulwer's Petrel: This species breeds on small oceanic islands and offshore islets in the tropical Pacific and Atlantic oceans; it is an accidental summer visitor off Monterey, California, and the Outer Banks region of North Carolina. This species is highly pelagic, coming ashore only during its breeding season.

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Bulwer's Petrel SONGS AND CALLS

Bulwer's Petrel Silent

Generally silent except on breeding grounds.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"Uh-uh-uh-uh", "woof"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • A female nesting on Sand Island, Johnston Atoll, during the 1992 and 1993 breeding season was at the time at least 24 years old, making it the oldest known Bulwer's Petrel in the world.
  • The Bulwer's Petrel is named after the Scottish naturalist James Bulwer.
  • They breed primarily on barren, offshore islands. Their habits range from cliffs to sandy shores.
  • A group of petrels are collectively known as a "gallon" and a "tank" of petrels.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

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RANGE MAP HAWAII

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RANGE MAP PALAU

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FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Artist

Yury Lisyak

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PelagicX
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Secondary covertsX
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