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Bird White-necked Petrel (Pterodroma cervicalis)

J.K.M

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Common Name: White-necked Petrel

Scientific name: Pterodroma cervicalis

Family: Procellariidae

Order: Procellariiformes

Distribution:
Offshore from NSW and QLD, recently recorded from Tasmania.

Habitat: Pelagic.

Field Notes: 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.

Photos: JKM, 4th February 2012. Eaglehawk Neck, TAS

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Just a question. If these are recently recorded in Tasmania, does this mean migratory is occuring further? Or has is just not been recorded?
 

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Hi Dusty,

This observation from the 4th of February (see photos) is the first documented sighting of this species in Tasmanian waters. There are two previous records from Tasmania according to HANZAB, but none are detailed in the text. I and the other observers onboard the boat submitted an official record to the Birds Tasmania rarities committee and it is currently being assessed. White-necked Petrel are present in small numbers each year off the coast of NSW and QLD.
 
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