Story: West Coast region

Westland petrel (3rd of 3)

Westland petrel

Westland petrels (Procellaria westlandica) breed at a single hillside colony near Punakaiki on the West Coast, and are one of the few petrel species still breeding on the mainland. As they are 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 16 October 2019)

Story by Simon Nathan, updated 7 Sep 2016