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Zino's Petrel

Zino's Petrel
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Procellariiformes
Family: Procellariidae
Genus: Pterodroma
Species: feae
Binomial name
Pterodroma feae

Zino's Petrel, Pterodroma feae, is a small seabird in the gadfly petrel genus. It was previously considered to be a subspecies of Soft-plumaged Petrel, P. mollis.

It breeds in the north Atlantic in the mountains of the main island of Madeira. This endangered species nests in colonies in burrows. Less than 50 pairs are left.

This seabird is strictly nocturnal at the breeding sites to avoid predation by gulls. Like most petrels, its walking ability is limited to a short shuffle to the burrow.

This long-winged petrel has a grey back and wings, with a dark "W" making acroos the wings. The undersides of the wings are dark and the belly is white. It has a fast impetuous flight. It picks planktonic food items from the ocean surface.

This species is very similar to Fea's Petrel, but is smaller and has a thinner black bill.