Westland Petrel (Procellaria westlandica)

Order: Procellariformes | Family: Procellariidae | IUCN Status: Least Concern

westland-petrel
Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown |Loc. Coast of El Callao

westland-petrel
Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Coast of Australia

westland-petrel
Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Coast of Australia

westland-petrel
Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Coast of Australia


Identification & Behavior: ~53 cm (21 in). The Westland Petrel is uniformly blackish-brown with a light yellowish bill that has a black tip and ridge. It forages in pelagic water often not far from the coast. It is very similar to the White-chinned Petrel but is distinguished by not having a whitish chin and pale yellowish bill with a black tip (pale yellowish in the White-chinned Petrel). The also similar Parkinson’s Petrel is smaller and has white shafts on the flight feathers. The Sooty Shearwater, is smaller and has pale underwing.

Status: The Westland Petrel appears to be rare in Peru. There are only a few scattered records and further documentation is necessary. It also occurs in Ch.

Name in Spanish: Petrel de Westland.

Sub-species: Westland Petrel (Procellaria westlandica), Falla, 1946.

Meaning of Name: Procellaria: Mod. L. procella= storm, gale, procellarius= of the storm. westlandica : L. originating in the west, of the west.

See more of the Family Procellariidae  peru aves

Distribution Mapwestland petrel
Voice
Generally silent at sea.


References:

    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum.  http://fm2.fieldmuseum.org/uw_test/birdsofperu on 03/01/2017.