Mottled Petrel

Pterodroma inexpectata

Order

PROCELLARIIFORMES

Family

Petrels and Shearwaters (Procellariidae)

Code 4

MOPE

Code 6

PTEINE

ITIS

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Unknown

The Mottled Petrel has a small breeding range, confined to New Zealand. Native to the United States Marshall Islands and Australia as well, this bird prefers grassland and marine ecosystems. The global population of this bird is estimated at 320,000 to 420,000 breeding pairs and shows signs of decline that necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. For this reason, the current evaluation status of the Mottled Petrel is Near Threatened.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Mottled Petrel: Medium-sized petrel, mostly gray with mottled white markings. Face is gray and white and, throat, upper breast, and undertail are white. Wings have distinct black bars on white undersides. Feeds on small squid and fish. Alternates high soaring arcs and gliding with rapid wing beats.


Range and Habitat

Mottled Petrel: This species breeds on islands off New Zealand. It is migratory, and visits the Bering Sea and other areas of the northeastern Pacific in spring and summer. They visit the waters off Alaska and British Columbia, and rarely travel south to Oregon and California. This species is pelagic, only coming ashore to breed.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"ti-ti-ti"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Mottled Petrel was discovered in the South Pacific Ocean during Cook's second voyage. A painting was made by George Forster and a description drawn by his father J.R. Forster.
  • It was formerly more numerous than today. Numbers were affected by predation by introduced mammals.
  • This petrel does not follow ships and usually remains far from land.
  • A group of petrels are collectively known as a "gallon" and a "tank" of petrels.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP

CERange Map for Mottled Petrel

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Yury Lisyak

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