Story: West Coast region

Westland petrel (3rd of 3)

Westland petrel

Westland petrels (Procellaria westlandica) are one of the few petrel species still breeding on the mainland, at a single hillside colony near Punakaiki on the West Coast. Among the largest burrowing petrels, they are less vulnerable to predation in the nest than smaller petrels.

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Simon Nathan, 'West Coast region - Climate and wildlife', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 November 2021)

Story by Simon Nathan, updated 1 Sep 2016