Southern Storm-petrels


Similar in most respects to the Hydrobatidae, and split on the basis of molecular evidence. Most of the seven species recorded in Australia are widely distributed. The White-faced Storm-Petrel Pelagodroma marina is believed to breed only in Australia. Both the New Zealand Storm-Petrel Fregetta maoriana and the Polynesian Storm-Petrel Nesofregetta fuliginosa are vagrants, the Black-bellied Storm-Petrel F. tropica and the Wilson’s Storm-Petrel Oceanites oceanicus are non-breeding migrants.