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Northern giant petrel, Campbell Island (2nd of 2)

Northern giant petrel, Campbell Island

In the early 2000s there were over 200 pairs of northern giant petrels (Macronectes halli) breeding on Campbell Island. They were known as scavengers who used to feed on the seal and whale carcasses left by hunters. Other petrels on Campbell Island are the grey petrel, subantarctic diving petrel and grey-backed storm petrel, and large numbers of white-chinned petrels (Procellaria aequinoctialis).

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Jock Phillips, 'Subantarctic islands - Fauna', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 January 2022)

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