Soft-plumaged petrel

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Soft-plumaged petrel
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Dorsal plumage. Photographed on pelagic waters near Albany, Western Australia.
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Ventral plumage.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Procellariiformes
Family: Procellariidae
Genus: Pterodroma
Species: P. mollis
Binomial name
Pterodroma mollis
(Gould, 1844)
On land

The soft-plumaged petrel (Pterodroma mollis) is a species of seabird in the Procellariidae family.


It breeds on islands in the Southern Hemisphere, nesting on Tristan da Cunha, Gough Island, the Prince Edward Islands, Crozet Islands, Macquarie Island, and on the Antipodes Islands of New Zealand. Small numbers breed in the Maatsuyker Island Group of southern Tasmania. It disperses outside the breeding season, reaching eastern South America north to Brazil, southern Africa and Australia. It has occurred as a vagrant in Israel, Norway and Jordan.


Fea's petrel (P. feae), Deserta's petrel (P. desertae) and Zino's petrel (P. madeira) of the North Atlantic were formerly treated as subspecies of this bird.


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