Storm petrels: Seabird species discovered by science this year may be critically endangered

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Scientists estimate there are just 100 to 1000 breeding pairs of New Caledonia storm petrels, which have been identified on the South Pacific Ocean



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22 March 2022

A New Caledonian storm petrel pattering across the sea

A New Caledonian storm petrel pattering across the sea

Hadoram Shirihai (Tubenoses Project)

A diminutive seabird from the south-western Pacific Ocean may be at risk of extinction despite only being classified as a species this year.

Researchers estimate there are fewer than 1000 breeding pairs of the recently identified New Caledonia storm petrel, which is about the size of a sparrow and spends little time on land.

Now known as New Caledonia storm petrels, the birds were identified by scientists in 2008, south of the islands of New Caledonia in the South Pacific Ocean. The …

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