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Tahiti Petrel (Pseudobulweria rostrata)

Tahiti Petrel (Pseudobulweria rostrata)

Tahiti Petrel (Pseudobulweria rostrata)

Class: Aves
Family: Procellariidae
Common Name: Tahiti Petrel
Genus: Pseudobulweria
Species Name: rostrata

About The Tahiti Petrel

Little is known about the feeding habits of the Tahiti petrel, but it is believed to seize prey from the sea surface, foraging exclusively for dead squid (2) (6). The large beak and long legs are likely to be adaptations for ripping flesh from squid that are too large to be swallowed whole. An efficient glider, the Tahiti petrel is able to cover large areas in search of prey (6). The Tahiti petrel nests in loose colonies, where it is strictly nocturnal. Breeding is thought to take place throughout the year, though there may be certain peaks, depending on the location. A single egg is laid, within a burrow or rock crevice, and hatches after an incubation period of around 55 days, with the young fledging at about 110 to 120 days (2) (3) (4) (5). In some areas, the Tahiti petrel may face strong competition for nest cavities with the wedge-tailed shearwater, Puffinus pacificus (4).

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Trips Where Observed

French Polynesia

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Tahiti Petrel (Pseudobulweria rostrata)
I cannot be 100% sure of this identification, and I was not able to get a good photo before it flew to the other side of the ferry.


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