BIRD OF THE WEEK — GALÁPAGOS PETREL — PLANET EARTH BIRD WORLD group

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BIRD OF THE WEEK

GALÁPAGOS PETREL

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Pterodroma phaeopygia 
POPULATION: 6,000-15,000
IUCN STATUS: Critically Endangered
TREND: Declining
HABITAT: Breeds on the Galápagos Islands, Ecuador; otherwise at sea.

The swift-flying Galápagos Petrel is known by locals as patapegada, or “web-footed one.” Once lumped with Hawaiian Petrel as a species known as the Dark-Rumped Petrel, this seabird was split into a unique species in 2002 by the American Ornithologist’s Union on the basis of genetic and morphologic distinctions.

With long wings and a unique flight pattern, this petrel is part of a larger group of seabirds known as “gadfly” petrels.

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