Its breeding range is uncertain and it is currently known to breed only in Fiji where it occurs on Gau and possibly other islands. It formerly bred in the Cook Islands and may still breed in Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands. It is an unconfirmed breeder in Samoa, American Samoa and French Polynesia.
The population from Vanuatu was considered to be a new subspecies Pterodroma brevipes magnificens in 2010.
- BirdLife International (2012). "Pterodroma brevipes". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
- Pterodroma brevipes magnificens (Bretagnolle & Shirihai, 2010): Banks Islands, Vanuatu. Bull BOC 130(4).
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