Photo: James T. Reardon

Mottled Petrel

Pterodroma inexpectata

Nesting only on islands around New Zealand, this species wanders widely in the Pacific. A few reach Alaska's offshore waters in summer, and there are records far off the coast south to California, mostly in winter.
Family Shearwaters and Petrels
Nesting only on islands around New Zealand, this species wanders widely in the Pacific. A few reach Alaska's offshore waters in summer, and there are records far off the coast south to California, mostly in winter.
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Usually silent at sea.
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