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Parkinson's Petrel Procellaria parkinsoni

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Parkinson's Petrel is the smallest member of the black petrel group in the genus Procellaria; while species within this complex are difficult to identify, they are typically separable in life given good views or photos.  About the size of Pink-footed Shearwater, Parkinson's Petrel is all dark brown or black with a small, rounded head and long primary projection, and has a dark tip to an otherwise horn-colored, distinctly plated bill.  The species nests only on Great and Little Barrier Islands of New Zealand, but disperses throughout the south Pacific Ocean as far east as the waters of the Humboldt Current offshore of western South America.  Longline fishing as well as the introduction of cats and rats to the breeding islands have proved to be major threats to the small population of Parkinson's Petrels, but conservation measures underway in New Zealand appear to be helping the species.

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Recommended Citation

Parkinson's Petrel (Procellaria parkinsoni), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/parpet1