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Lives, Habitats & Pictures of the Petrels

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There have been at least 13 types of petrels recorded. They have been seen in the oceans surrounding North America. There are maybe six types that are native to the waters. The petrels are part of the tubenose group and are identified by the tube-like vent seen on their upper bill. These are open sea birds who have adapted to constant flying and gliding and use their long wings against the constant winds. They are usually plain in plumage colour and the dark colour on top and light colour below distinguishes them apart.

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References to Other Bird Sites:

Avibase - the world bird database

ABA - American Birding Association

AOS - The American Ornitholgy Society

ABC - American Bird Conservancy

eBird - TheCornellLab of Ornithology

NA - National Geographic

NAC - National Audubon Society

Classic Collection of North American Birds