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SOUTHERN GIANT PETREL (Macronectes giganteus)
Biodiversity > Birds > Rare visitors and vagrants

Vagrant. At least four records. Two of these records cannot be identified to species, as they were reported before the separation of the Northern and Southern Giant-Petrel in the mid 1960s and lack sufficient detail. One found beachcast by Roy Bell on 31 May 1914 and prepared as a study skin, which was subsequently destroyed by fire (Hindwood & Cunningham 1950). However, Bell described the bill as ‘bone grey’, with no mention of any red or orange tip and on this basis the bird can be considered a Southern Giant-Petrel (R. Bell diaries, copies in AM and CSIRO Division of Sustainable Ecosystems, Canberra). One found beachcast (foot only) by J.D. Gibson (hereafter Doug Gibson) in November 1964 (McKean & Hindwood 1965). One was found beachcast and a colour photograph taken in February 1965 (K.A. Hindwood papers, ML: the photograph was not kept). Giant-Petrels were seen by Ben Miller on at least one trip to Balls Pyramid during the period 1978 to 1980 (B. Miller pers. comm.).

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