Story: Petrels

Crevice nesters (2nd of 3)

Crevice nesters

Some petrels nest in crevices, like these fulmar prions on the Bounty Islands. Such sites provide shelter from the weather and from predatory skuas and gulls. Generally only the largest petrels – giant petrels and albatrosses – nest in the open, although smaller ones sometimes settle for cliff ledges that offer only partial protection.

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Kerry-Jayne Wilson, 'Petrels - Breeding', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 May 2022)

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