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Spectacled Petrel Procellaria conspicillata


The Spectacled Petrel is a stunning tubenose of the South Atlantic Ocean that breeds only on Inaccessible Island in the Tristan da Cunha group.  All black except for a pale-plated bill and bold white bands on the head that form its "spectacles," this species is easily identified when encountered at sea.  Quite rare, the population of this species was estimated at 31,000 to 45,000 pairs, though it has increased in recent years and has correspondingly been downgraded by the IUCN from "critically endangered" to "vulnerable".  Spectacled Petrel was formerly considered conspecific with the considerably more abundant White-chinned Petrel of the southern oceans.

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Recommended Citation

Spectacled Petrel (Procellaria conspicillata), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: