12 inches. Male and female identical in appearance. Blue-grey on top of the body, crown and back, the rest is dark grey with the exception of a black “M” stretched on the wings. The rim of the eye is black. The cheeks and the ventral surface of the bird are white except for an incomplete grey necklace around the throat and wings which feathers are grey and have a black band on their front edge. Its beak, strong and black, is characteristic of the Petrels: it is hooked at its end is surmounted by two horny tubes upon which the nostrils open. The legs are black and pink. The flight is rapid with sudden changes of course, and glides as the other petrels. The tail is rounded. Acrobatic aerial displays, in late afternoon, characteristics of this species.
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It breeds in Rapa but leaves the island outside of the reproduction season. Visits Tubuai, in the Society Islands and the Marquesas. Also present in the South West Pacific. Reproduces also in New Caledonia, Lord Howe, Tonga, Cook Islands, New Zealand (Chatham Islands, Kermadec, Portland).
Pelagic outside the breeding seasons. In Rapa, its colonies are established only on the islets.
« peet » high-pitched, while in the air, repeated 4-6 times. On the ground, “pee” increasingly louder.
To listen the Black-winged Petrel:
It dives to catch its prey: shrimp, fish, squid and cuttlefish.
It nests at night in burrows under one meter long. It lays an egg in December, oval and white, 51 x 37 mm. In New Zealand, the young hatch in February-March and fly in April-May.
Original text by Caroline BLANVILLAIN – Supplements and update by various members of the SOP Manu.
Scientific Name: Pterodroma nigripennis (Rothschild, 1893)
The distribution is certainly limited by the presence of introduced predators (cat, dog or black rat).