Seabird information

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Grey-faced petrel

Pterodroma macroptera gouldi

Has a distinctive grey face and a round, dark brown head and body

Often seen around the North Island and Tasman Sea, seldom inshore

Feeds on squid, fish and crustaceans

Breeds on many northern North Island offshore islands, rock stacks and headlands, from June to January

NZ Threat Classification Not Threatened

Since the grey-faced petrel nests in burrows, its chicks are vulnerable to introduced predators. Local pest-control programmes in some nesting areas have successfully helped increase population numbers.

With long, narrow wings, this petrel appears to soar effortlessly and is spectacular in flight. It flies higher above the water than the sooty shearwater.

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Grey-faced petrel

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Pterodroma macroptera gouldi

Has a distinctive grey face and a round, dark brown head and body

Often seen around the North Island and Tasman Sea, seldom inshore

Feeds on squid, fish and crustaceans

Breeds on many northern North Island offshore islands, rock stacks and headlands, from June to January

NZ Threat Classification Not Threatened

Since the grey-faced petrel nests in burrows, its chicks are vulnerable to introduced predators. Local pest-control programmes in some nesting areas have successfully helped increase population numbers.

With long, narrow wings, this petrel appears to soar effortlessly and is spectacular in flight. It flies higher above the water than the sooty shearwater.