Beck's Petrel (Pterodroma becki)

Taxonomy

Monotypic.

Conservation status: CRITICAL

Formerly considered as a race of Tahiti Petrel
 

Identification

No information yet
 

Where and When

Known from only two specimens taken at sea in 1928, one east of New Ireland and north of Buka, Papua New Guinea and the other north-east of Rendova Island, Solomon Islands. If the species survives at all (and the 65-year absence of records suggests that it has either been overlooked or that numbers are very low), Bougainville Island, Papua New Guinea, is a likely place for it to breed where it will almost certainly be threatened by introduced predators.

There have been possible sightings at sea off Wuvula, north-east New Guinea and in the Admiralty Islands.
 

Photographs on the web

None!
 

Literature


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