Seabird information

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Diving petrel

Kuaka | Pelecanoides urinatrix

Has a small stocky body, dark plumage and light blue feet

Often seen diving underwater to catch prey

Feeds on small crustaceans

Breeds on islands around New Zealand, from August to February

Travels only a little way from its breeding colonies

NZ Threat Classification Not Threatened

This black and white bird is one of New Zealand's smallest seabirds and weighs only 130 g. It flies close to the water (even through waves) and its buzzing flight has been likened to a bumble bee's. An excellent diver, the diving petrel uses its wings to propel itself underwater.

Diving petrels are attracted to bright lights and are reported to have crashed into brightly lit buildings near breeding colonies or into ships at sea

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Diving petrel

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Kuaka | Pelecanoides urinatrix

Has a small stocky body, dark plumage and light blue feet

Often seen diving underwater to catch prey

Feeds on small crustaceans

Breeds on islands around New Zealand, from August to February

Travels only a little way from its breeding colonies

NZ Threat Classification Not Threatened

This black and white bird is one of New Zealand's smallest seabirds and weighs only 130 g. It flies close to the water (even through waves) and its buzzing flight has been likened to a bumble bee's. An excellent diver, the diving petrel uses its wings to propel itself underwater.

Diving petrels are attracted to bright lights and are reported to have crashed into brightly lit buildings near breeding colonies or into ships at sea