The White-necked Petrel (Pterodroma cervicalis) is a species of seabird in the Procellariidae family.
It is found in American Samoa, Australia, the Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Guam, Japan, Mexico, Micronesia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Norfolk Island, Northern Mariana Islands, the United States, United States Minor Outlying Islands, Tonga, and Wallis and Futuna Islands. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical seasonally wet or flooded lowland grassland and open seas. The continued existence of this species is threatened by habitat destruction.
This species resembles the Falla's Petrel, Pterodroma occulta, but is slightly larger at 43 cm length, 30-32 cm wing span and 380-545 g weight. It has a black cap, white rear neck, dark grey back, wings and tail, and a darker rump. The underparts are white with dark bases to the primary feathers. The upperparts of worn birds become darker.
It is very difficult to separate White-necked Petrel from Falla's at sea.
This is a solitary pelagic gadfly petrel of the open seas of the southwest Pacific. It has an effortless graceful flight with few wing beats, and does not follow ships. It feeds on the wing, picking fish and squid from near the surface.
Copyright: Wikipedia. This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from
Please Note: The articles or images on this page are the sole property of the authors or photographers. Please contact them directly with respect to any copyright or licensing questions. Thank you.
The Avianweb strives to maintain accurate and up-to-date information; however, mistakes do happen. If you would like to correct or update any of the information, please send us an e-mail. THANK YOU!