Falla's Petrels or Vanuatu Petrels

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Falla's Petrel or Vanuatu Petrel (Pterodroma occulta) is a little-known seabird that has been described from museum specimens, and is not accepted by all authorities. It is presumed to be in the islands of northern Vanuatu.

It is a solitary pelagic species of the open seas of the southwest Pacific.


It measures about 40 cm in length and weighs about 300-350 g.

It has a black cap, white rear neck, dark grey back, wings and tail, and a darker rump. The plumage below is white with dark bases to the primary feathers.

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