Petrels and Shearwaters (Procellariidae)

Soft-plumaged Petrel (Pterodroma mollis) - HBW 1, p. 242

French: Pétrel soyeux German: Weichfeder Sturmvogel Spanish: Petrel Suave
Other common names: Soft-plumaged Fulmar

Taxonomy: Procellaria mollis Gould, 1844, south Atlantic Ocean, lat. 20° S to 40° S.
Formerly included P. feae and P. madeira. Validity of subspecific division doubtful, due mainly to extent of individual variation and effects of plumage wear; race dubia should perhaps give way to alternative name fusca. Rare dark phase may result from hybridization with other species. Two subspecies normally recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • mollis (Gould, 1844) - Tristan da Cunha, Gough I; Antipodes I.
  • dubia Clancey et al., 1981 - Prince Edward Is, Crozet, Kerguelen, Amsterdam Is.

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