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Black-capped Petrel Pterodroma hasitata

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

Priorities for Future Research

Locating the presumed colony or colonies in Cuba and quantifying its importance to the world population of this species is a critical need, as is a further understanding of the effects to existing populations of predation and anthropogenic driven effects. Tracking individuals at sea will provide key data on the extent and location of feeding and non-breeding travels, and new breeding surveys are necessary at numerous locations to continue to refine abundance estimates.  Additionally, addressing the questions posed by Howell and Patteson (2008) about molt patterns and the potential for multiple species is likely a high priority.  Simons suggests additional directions (Simons et al. 2006, unpublished).

Given recent events in Hispanola, it is highly likely the additional broad research on the status of petrels' breeding and behavior post-earthquake (2010) is critically important.

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.