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ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT PROFILE

PROTECTION STATUS: Endangered

YEAR LISTED: 2009

RANGE: Chatham Islands, New Zealand

CRITICAL HABITAT: None

RECOVERY PLAN: New Zealand recovery plan only, 2001

THREATS: Competition with the broad-billed prion (another burrow-nesting species inhabiting the same islands as the Chatham petrel), major habitat change, the introduction of foreign species and predators like rats and feral cats, and harm caused by commercial longline fishing operations
 
POPULATION TREND: The bird’s population is decreasing. Currently, only 800 to 1,000 survive. It is estimated that fewer than 200 birds breed per year.

Chatham petrel photo © Don Merton