Story: Petrels

Nest sites (1st of 3)

Nest sites

Some petrels nest by burrowing into soil among tree roots on forested islands. The dips in the ground beneath these trees on Stephens Island are fairy prion burrows, which may be up to 2 metres long. Here, burrows are often shared by tuatara (lizard-like reptiles), which make the most of the shelter they provide.

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Kerry-Jayne Wilson, 'Petrels - Breeding', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/8574/nest-sites (accessed 17 November 2019)

Story by Kerry-Jayne Wilson, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015