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Rediscovery of the New Zealand storm petrel (Pealeornis maoriana Mathews 1932): two sightings that revised our knowledge of storm petrels

TitleRediscovery of the New Zealand storm petrel (Pealeornis maoriana Mathews 1932): two sightings that revised our knowledge of storm petrels
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsStephenson, BM, Flood, R, Thomas, B, Saville, S
JournalNotornis
Volume55
Issue2
Pagination77-83
Type of Articlearticle
Keywordsextinct bird, New Zealand storm petrel, Oceanites maorianus, Pealeornis maoriana, seabird rediscovery
Abstract

A small black-and-white storm petrel seen off Whitianga, New Zealand, in Jan 2003 was tentatively identified as a New Zealand storm petrel (Pealeornis maoriana). A further sighting in the Hauraki Gulf in Nov 2003 of multiple birds identified as New Zealand storm petrels led to the realisation that the species was both extant and apparently locally common. Prior to these sightings this enigmatic seabird was known only from 3 specimens collected in the 1800s, and unreported since. This paper reviews these 2 sightings that constitute the rediscovery of an

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