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WHITE-BELLIED STORM PETREL (Fregetta grallaria)
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White bellied storm petrel

White bellied storm petrel feeding

The smallest of the seabirds to breed at Lord Howe Island, and one of the smallest seabirds in the world. they are not much bigger than a canary and weigh just 48gms. these birds had been recorded breeding on Lord Howe Island in 1914, however introduce rats forced them to ooffshore islets, where they still breed in large numbers. Usually it is necessary to take a boat cruise to Ball's Pyramid to see these birds, where they delight observers as they dance over the water, pattering the surface with their feet.

Length: 20cm; wingspan 40cm; weight 48 gms.

 
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