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Black-capped Petrel Pterodroma hasitata

  • Order: Procellariiformes
  • Family: Procellariidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
  • Authors: Andrew Farnsworth


Nesting begins in December, and this occurs colonially on forested slopes and cliff sides and often within montane forest at 1,500-2,000 m, though up to 2,300 m in the Dominican Republic. Nest is in a crevice or burrow; on Hispaniola, generally above 1500 m. Nesting birds apparently commute large (10-100km or more?) distances from breeding to foraging sites.

Eggs: 1, white; breeding from November to mid-May.

Nest is a well defined 30 cm diameter cup lined with dry pine needles (Simons et al. 2006).

Recommended Citation

Farnsworth, A. (2010). Black-capped Petrel (Pterodroma hasitata), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.