Christopher Taylor Bird Nature Wildlife Mammal Photography
nature photography
GALLERIES > BIRDS > PROCELLARIIFORMES > PROCELLARIIDAE > WHITE-NECKED PETREL [Pterodroma cervicalis]

White-necked Petrel Picture
 
 

nature photography

SPECIES INFO

The White-necked Petrel (Pterodroma cervicalis) is a species of seabird in the Procellariidae family. It is found in American Samoa, Australia, the Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Guam, Japan, Mexico, Micronesia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Norfolk Island, Northern Mariana Islands, the United States, United States Minor Outlying Islands, Tonga, and Wallis and Futuna Islands. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical seasonally wet or flooded lowland grassland and open seas. It is threatened by habitat loss.

Description

This species resembles the Falla's Petrel, Pterodroma occulta, but is slightly larger at 43 cm length, 30-32 cm wing span and 380-545 g weight. It has a black cap, white rear neck, dark grey back, wings and tail, and a darker rump. The underparts are white with dark bases to the primary feathers. The upperparts of worn birds become darker.

It is very difficult to separate White-necked Petrel from Falla's at sea.

Behaviour

This is a solitary pelagic gadfly petrel of the open seas of the southwest Pacific. It has an effortless graceful flight with few wing beats, and does not follow ships. It feeds on the wing, picking fish and squid from near the surface.





                                     



HOME · ABOUT ME · GALLERY · STOCKLIST · VIDEO · SEARCH · PRESS · CONTACT · BLOG · NEW STUFF
nature photography
All images and video © Copyright 2006-2016 Christopher Taylor, Content and maps by their respective owner. All rights reserved.
nature photography