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Gould's Petrel - profile

Indicative distribution

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Scientific name: Pterodroma leucoptera leucoptera
Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Endangered
Gazetted date: 31 Jul 2009
Profile last updated: 01 Dec 2017


Has a body length of 30 cm and a wingspan of 75 cm. The upper surface of their long narrow wings has a distictive 'M' pattern. This together with a darker head, distinguishes them from other petrels of similar size. The underside of the wings and body are white with a dark edge to the wing that terminates in a diagonal bar. Both sexes are identical and immature birds fledge in adult plumage.


Breeds on both Cabbage Tree Island, 1.4 km offshore from Port Stephens and on nearby Boondelbah island. The range and feeding areas of non-breeding petrels are unknown.

Habitat and ecology

  • The first arrival of Gould's petrel on cabbage tree Island occurs from mid to late September.
  • Principal nesting habitat is located within two gullies which are characterised by steeply, sloping rock scree with a canopy of Cabbage Tree Palms.
  • They nest predominantly in natural rock crevices among the rock scree and also in hollow fallen palm trunks, under mats of fallen palm fronds and in cavities among the buttresses of fig trees.
  • They breed colonially and the nests are clumped and often less than 1 m apart.
  • Egg laying takes place over a six week period commencing in early November.

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 Predicted None
OceanSouth Pacific Ocean Known None
OceanTweed-Moreton Known None
OceanTwofold Shelf Known None
Ocean - Other StateNorthern Australian Coastal Waters Known None
Other StateQLD Known None
Other StateSA Known None