10 inches. Male and female identical in appearance. It is a small petrel, with a dark brown plumage with a pale stripe that passes diagonally on top of the wings. Its black beak is characteristic of that Petrels: it is hooked at one end and surmounted by two horny tubes after which the nostrils open. It flies right above of the waves with an erratic and tortuous flight and short gliding phases. Its tail appears sharp and long during the flight.
Breeds in the Marquesas (large islands and islets of Hatutaa’a), visits Tahiti and Moorea. It also breeds in tropical regions of the Pacific (including Hawaii, Phoenix Islands …) and in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans.
Small oceanic islands, atolls and rocky islets that it visits only at night.
Shout like puppies. “uh-uh-uh-uh” jerky and slow. Does not sing while flying.
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Original text by Caroline BLANVILLAIN – Supplements and update by various members of the SOP Manu.
Scientifique Name: Bulweria bulwerii (Jardine & Selby, 1828)