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Bulwer's Petrel

Bulwer's Petrel
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Procellariiformes
Family: Procellariidae
Genus: Bulweria
Species: bulweri
Binomial name
Bulweria bulweri

Bulwer's Petrel, Bulweria bulweri, is a small petrel. This seabird breeds in the north Atlantic in colonies on islands in the Cape Verde Islands, Azores, Canary Islands and Madeira groups.

It also breeds on islands across the north Pacific from east of China to Hawaii. After breeding, birds disperse to spend the rest of the year at sea, mainly in tropical waters. This species has been recorded in Europe as a rare vagrant to Ireland, Great Britain, Portugal and the Netherlands.

This long-winged petrel has mainly brown plumage and a long pointed tail. It has a buoyant twisting flight as it picks planktonic food items from the ocean surface.

This bird is named after the Scottish naturalist James Bulwer.