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PROVIDENCE PETREL (Pterodroma solandri)
Biodiversity > Birds > Seabirds

Providence petrel

A medium sized seabird, dark grey all over with white bases to primaries seen as white flashes on underwings, white flecks on face, short black bill.

Once this species nested all over Norfolk Island, but was eaten into extinction by the early soldier/convict settlement there in 1790. From then it was only nesting on Lord Howe Island, but in 1985 a small number of birds were confirmed breeding on Philip Island offshore from Norfolk Island.

This species mainly breed in the southern mounatins, however removal of feral and domestic cats from Lord Howe Island in the 1980's has allowed it to spread to now breed in areas in the north of the Island.

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