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Threatened species

Providence Petrel - profile

Indicative distribution

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Scientific name: Pterodroma solandri
Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Profile last updated: 08 Mar 2018


A robustly built petrel, dark grey in general colour with a brown-grey head with fine, white scalloping on the face and forehead and cream triangular patches under the wing. Bill is stout and black, eyes dark brown and feet are generally black, sometimes with pale grey webbing.


Ranges across eastern Pacific. Only known breeding sites are at Lord Howe Island and Philip Island, offshore from Norfolk Island. Previously also bred on main Norfolk Island but extinct there by 1800.

Habitat and ecology

  • Marine
  • Nest on the tops of Mount Gower and Mount Lidgbird and to a less extent, on the lower slopes of the mountains.
  • The nest is a grass lined chamber at the end of a burrow, 1 - 2 metres in length.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
OceanBatemans Shelf Known None
OceanHawkesbury Shelf Known None
OceanManning Shelf Known None
OceanSouth Pacific Ocean Known None
OceanTweed-Moreton Known None
OceanTwofold Shelf Known None
Pacific Subtropical IslandsLord Howe Island Known None