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Mottled Petrel

Mottled Petrel (Image ID 30718)
Photographed byMark Lethlean on Sat 3rd Feb, 2018 and uploaded by McKinley Moens on Mon 28th May, 2018 .
CommentMottled Petrel
Scientific Name = Pterodroma inexpectata
Wingspan = ~ 85cm
Conservation status (BWL) = Near Threatened

All entrants were correct with their identification of the Mottled Petrel. However, not all entrants were able to provide correct details for wingspan.

A highly pelagic bird, the Mottled Petrel rarely approaches land except for the breeding season. Mottled Petrels mate for life, laying one (1) white egg in early December to early January and incubate the egg for 48 - 53 days.

Some identifying features are:

- Frosty grey upperparts and dark ‘M’ shape on upperwings
- Dark eye ‘smudge’
- Pale grey neck ‘collar’, present in most birds
- Broad black stripe starting at the carpal joint and reaching almost to the body
LocationSouthern Ocean (Unknown)
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