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Petrel, Zino's
Bird Info
Bird Info
Conservation status
Scientific Name:
Pterodroma madeira
Africa, Asia, Atlantic Islands, Europe, Global, Middle East, Portugal, Western Europe and Scandinavia Read more
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The population is estimated to number 130-160 individuals, roughly equating to 90-110 mature individuals. ...
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The Zino's Petrel or Freira (Pterodroma madeira) is a small seabird in the gadfly petrel genus which is endemic to the island of Madeira. This long-winged petrel has a grey back and wings, with a dark "W" marking across the wings, and a grey upper tail. The undersides of the wings are blackish apart from a triangle of white at the front edge near the body, and the belly is white with grey flanks. It is very similar in appearance to the slightly larger Fea's Petrel, and separating these two Macaronesian species at sea is very challenging. Zino's was formerly considered to be a subspecies of the Soft-plumaged Petrel, P. mollis, but they are not closely related, and Zino's was raised to species status because of differences in morphology, calls, breeding behaviour and mitochondrial DNA. It is Europe's most endangered seabird, with breeding areas restricted to a few ledges high in the central mountains of Madeira. ...
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