Herald Petrel

Pterodroma arminjoniana

Order

PROCELLARIIFORMES

Family

Petrels and Shearwaters (Procellariidae)

Code 4

HEPE

Code 6

PTEARM

ITIS

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ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Unknown

The Herald Petrel has a small breeding range, estimated globally at less than 50,000 square kilometers. Native to Australia and nearby island nations, this bird prefers rocky areas as well as shrubland and marine ecosystems. The global population of this has not been determined exactly, but does not show signs of decline in range or size that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. For this reason, the current evaluation status of the Herald Petrel is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Herald Petrel: Medium petrel, three color morphs: light, intermediate, dark. Dark morph is dark gray overall, silver-gray to white base on underwing flight feathers. Light morph has white breast, belly and dark gray upperparts. Intermediate forms exist between light and dark morphs. Gray legs, feet.


Range and Habitat

Herald Petrel: These birds prefer water below the Equator but were recorded as far north as North Carolina where it is a rare but regular visitor in late spring to late summer. Breeds on Raine Island and other small cays in the Coral Sea. Mostly pelagic, spends its life at sea coming to nesting grounds only to breed. Prefers warm islands with soils suitable for nesting burrows.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"ki ki ki ki"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • In May 2007, a Herald Petrel tagged on Raine Island in 1984 was observed off the coast of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. This greatly increases the known life span and range of the species.
  • There are separate populations of Herald Petrel, one occurring in the south Pacific, the other occurring in the south Atlantic.
  • A group of petrels are collectively known as a "gallon" and a "tank" of petrels.

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RANGE MAP

CERange Map for Herald Petrel

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

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Gary Owen Dick

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Samira Belous

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UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
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.
BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
Flight feathersX
Located on the wing, and collectively called remiges (singular, remex). The long stiff feathers are subdivided into two major groups based on the location and are called primaries and secondaries.
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.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X