Photo: Diego Miranda Urbina

Murphy's Petrel

Pterodroma ultima

This rather mysterious seabird, nesting on a few islands in the South Pacific, was not described to science until 1949. Not until the late 1980s was it learned that Murphy's Petrel may be a regular visitor far off the west coast of North America, mainly in late spring. Most sightings are more than 40 miles offshore.
Family Shearwaters and Petrels
This rather mysterious seabird, nesting on a few islands in the South Pacific, was not described to science until 1949. Not until the late 1980s was it learned that Murphy's Petrel may be a regular visitor far off the west coast of North America, mainly in late spring. Most sightings are more than 40 miles offshore.
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Illustration © David Allen Sibley.
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Text © Kenn Kaufman, adapted from
Lives of North American Birds

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Songs and Calls
Generally silent at sea. Accelerating boo or hoo calls similar to a Boreal Owl, gull-like cry, and long undulating hoots.
Audio © Lang Elliott, Bob McGuire, Kevin Colver, Martyn Stewart and others.
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