Bulwer's Petrel

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Bulwer's Petrel
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Procellariiformes
Family:Procellariidae
Genus:Bulweria
Species:B. bulwerii
Binomial name
Bulweria bulwerii
Jardine & Selby,, 1828

The Bulwer's Petrel (Bulweria bulwerii) is a small petrel, the only bird in the genus Bulweria (Bonaparte, 1843).

This seabird breeds in the north Atlantic in colonies on islands in the Cape Verde Islands, Azores, Canary Islands and Madeira groups.

Bulwer's Petrel also breeds on islands across the north Pacific from east of China to Hawaii. After breeding, birds disperse to spend the rest of the year at sea, mainly in tropical waters. This species has been recorded in Europe as a rare vagrant to Ireland, Great Britain, Portugal and the Netherlands.

This very long-winged petrel is 25-29 cm in length with a 78-90 cm wingspan. It has mainly brown plumage and a long pointed tail. It has a buoyant twisting flight as it picks planktonic food items from the ocean surface.

This bird is named after the Scottish naturalist James Bulwer.

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