Latin name: Garrodia neries

Grey-Backed Storm Petrel- Photo: unknown

Grey-Backed Storm Petrel- Photo: unknown

The grey-backed storm petrel has ash-grey upperparts and white underparts – it only follows fishing boats, and feeds mainly on planktonic crustaceans, small squid and fish. The bird can be found from the Falklands east to the Chatham Islands, but mainly on the islands around New Zealand. It returns to breed during October and November, the female laying a single egg in November or December. The chick fledges in April or May.

Stats

Length: 16 – 19 cm
Wingspan: 38 – 40 cm