Black-capped Petrel Pterodroma hasitata   [Kuhl, 1820]

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Date created: 23-January-2017

Order: Procellariiformes Family: Procellariidae
BTO Codes: , BLCPE EURING No: 290
Number in Britain: Fewer than 20 records
Conservation Status:
UK: Not Assessed
European: Not Assessed
Global: Least Concern (Details)
Status in UK: (A)  Accidental
Subspecies: hasitata recorded in Britain (of 2 subsp. in the world)
Length: . cm Wingspan: - Weight: -    
Scientific name from: Gr.: pteros=wing + dromos=running and L.: haesitare=to stick fast
World Distribution: BREEDS: West Indies (Hispaniola, e Cuba, Guadeloupe, Dominica), RANGES: Atlantic
Habitat: Pelagic, breeds in mountain burrows
TitBit: This petrel is known to breed only on the Caribbean island of Haiti, yet one was found exhausted and disorientated on (the inland) Swaffham Heath in Norfolk in 1850, though it still managed to violently bite the young boy who found it.  
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Records and Distribution

First Record: Norfolk, 1850 (Palmer. P. 2000. First for Britain & Ireland, Arlequin Press. [502.74 PAL])
Total Number of Records (1950-2007): 2 Most Likely to Occur in: Too few records
Most Recent County Records:
   North-east England: East Yorkshire (1984),
   North-west England:
   English Midlands:
   Eastern England: Norfolk (1850),
   South-east England:
   South-west England:

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Other Names

Capped Petrel
Gaelic: Welsh:
Danish: Hættepetrel Dutch: Zwartkapstormvogel
Finnish: Karibianviistäjä French: Pétrel diablotin
German: Teufelssturmvogel Hungarian: Feketefej
Icelandic: Blesudruði Irish:
Italian: Petrello del cappuccio Norwegian: Vestindiapetrell
Polish: Petrel antylski Portuguese: Pardela das Antilhas
Spanish: Petrel antillano Swedish: Karibpetrell
Local Names: Diablotin

For More Information...

Books and Monographs:
   Brooke, M. de L. 2004 Albatrosses and petrels across the world Oxford University Press, Oxford [598.44 BRO]
   Simons, T.R. et al. 2013 A biography of the endangered Black-Capped Petre Marine Ornithology 41:S1-S43
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