Providence Petrel

Pterodroma solandri




Petrels and Shearwaters (Procellariidae)

Code 4


Code 6



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Egg Incubator:

Both sexes

Nest Location:

Nest is laid in a burrow, sometimes under tree roots, or a rocky crevice.

Nest Material:

No nesting materials are used.





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. Rather short, thick black bill with tube on top and hooked tip. Long, pointed wings are gray-brown on top of primaries and gray-white on underside of primaries and secondaries. Medium-length rounded tail. Short, black legs and webbed feet. Feeds on small pelagic squid, fish, and crustaceans. Also takes fish scraps and some carrion.

Breeding and Nesting

Providence Petrel: One white egg is laid in a burrow, sometimes under tree roots or in a rocky crevice. No materials are used in the nest. Incubation is carried out by both sexes for 55 days. This species nests in just two large colonies, one on Lord Howe Island, and the other on a nearby islet.

Foraging and Feeding

Providence Petrel: Feeds on squid, small fish, and crustaceans that occur in the open ocean. Also takes some fish scraps and carrion found in the water. It forages by floating on the surface and dipping down to pick food out of the water, as well as with dives up to 15 feet below the surface.


Providence Petrel: Main vocalizations include a repeated "kik-kik-kik-kik" and a warbling "ker-rer-kuk-kuk-kuk-ker-rer."

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.
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.
The primaries are the flight feathers specialized for flight. They are attached to the "hand" equivalent part of the wing.
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