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SCIENTIFIC NAME: Pterodroma phaeopygia
IUCN STATUS: Critically Endangered
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.