Gray-faced Petrel

Pterodroma gouldi

Order

PROCELLARIIFORMES

Family

Petrels and Shearwaters (Procellariidae)

Code 4

GFPE

Code 6

PTEGOU

ITIS

Egg Color:

White



Number of Eggs:

1



Incubation Days:

51 - 58



Egg Incubator:

Both sexes



Nest Location:

In burrow., On ground



Nest Material:

Lined with leaves, grasses, rootlets, and other fine materials.



Migration:

Migratory



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General

Gray-faced Petrel: Large petrel with brown body except for pale gray forehead, face, chin, and throat. Bill is black and stout. Legs and feet are black. Sexes are similar.

Range and Habitat

Gray-faced Petrel: This species has a limited range, breeding in the Southern Hemisphere on offshore islands, coastal headlands and cliffs off of southern Australia and northern New Zealand. These birds are pelagic, coming ashore only to breed. It occurs as a very rare vagrant off the California Coast.

Breeding and Nesting

Gray-faced Petrel: One white egg is laid in a burrow. Incubation ranges from 51 to 58 days and is carried out by both parents.

Foraging and Feeding

Gray-faced Petrel: Feeds at night, mainly on squid, fish, and crustaceans.

Vocalization

Gray-faced Petrel: Call is "o-hi" or "o-hoe", uttered at dusk when flying over breeding colony. Birds on the ground or in burrows utter loud "or-wik" and "si-si-si."

Similar Species

Gray-faced Petrel: Murphy's Petrel is more gray, chin is white, underwing is paler beneath primaries.

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The area of the face just below the bill.
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The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
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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.
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