White-headed petrel

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White-headed petrel
Pterodroma lessonii.jpg
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Procellariiformes
Family: Procellariidae
Genus: Pterodroma
Species: P. lessonii
Binomial name
Pterodroma lessonii
(Garnot, 1826)

The white-headed petrel (Pterodroma lessonii), also known as the white-headed fulmar is a species of seabird in the petrel family, or Procellariidae. Its length is about 400 mm.

White-headed petrels breed alone or in colonies in burrows dug among tussocks and herbfields on subantarctic islands. They appear to feed pelagically on cephalopods and crustaceans.


  • Marchant and Higgins. (1990). Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds. Vol.1. Oxford University Press: Melbourne.

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