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Family Procellariidae


Pterodroma hypoleuca

Bonin Petrel, Midway

Sand Island, Midway Atoll


Nests in sandy burrows of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.  Thousands of birds become active after dusk as they depart to feed upon small fishes or squid plucked from the sea surface as they skim across the surface.  They share the same burrows used by Wedge-tailed Shearwaters during summer-fall, nesting during winter-spring after young shearwaters fledge.