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Recovery and other observations of sooty shearwaters (Puffinus griseus), New Zealand white-faced storm petrels (Pelagodroma marina maoriana), and fairy prions (Pachyptila turtur) banded at Motunau Island, New Zealand 1960-1999

TitleRecovery and other observations of sooty shearwaters (Puffinus griseus), New Zealand white-faced storm petrels (Pelagodroma marina maoriana), and fairy prions (Pachyptila turtur) banded at Motunau Island, New Zealand 1960-1999
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsRowe, L
JournalNotornis
Volume61
Issue3
Pagination144-154
Type of ArticleFull Article
Abstract

Three hundred and eighty one sooty shearwaters (Puffinus griseus), 2209 New Zealand white‑faced storm petrels (Pelagodroma marina maoriana) and 14546 fairy prions (Pachyptila turtur) were banded at Motunau Island, Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand between 1960 and 1999. One sooty shearwater was recovered off the coast of Washington State, USA and 4 others off Motunau Island; the oldest sooty shearwater recovered was found near Taieri airport over 23 years after banding as an adult. Only 1 white-faced storm petrel was recaptured away from Motunau Island and that was found alive on Pitt Island, Chatham Islands. The oldest white-faced storm petrel recovered was found alive on Motunau Island nearly 13 years after banding. Fourteen fairy prions were found on New Zealand’s east coast between Brighton Beach, Christchurch, and Hikutaia near Thames. One fairy prion from Stephens Island and 2 from The Brothers were found at Motunau Island; one was the oldest bird recovered at over 21 years since banding as an adult. Estimates of population sizes based on recapture numbers were 300 for sooty shearwater, 1300 for white-faced storm petrel and 50,000-60,000 for fairy prion.

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