Westland Black Petrel

The Westland Petrel is an all dark bird with a yellowish bill and dark legs. It is a large member of the petrel and shearwater family. It has a highly restricted breeding range, currently confined to a small area of the west coast of New Zealand's South Island in an area protected in Paparoa National Park in dense forested hills. At sea it ranges from Tasmania to Chile taking fish and squid, as well as fishery waste.

The Westland Black Petrel is classified as Vulnerable (VU), considered to be facing a high risk of extinction in the wild.

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Picture of Procellaria westlandica above has been licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike license.
Original source: Arthur Chapman
Author: Arthur Chapman
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Order : Procellariiformes
Family : Procellariidae
Genus : Procellaria
Species : westlandica
Authority : Falla, 1946