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Interspecific fostering of a Wedge-tailed Shearwater Ardenna pacifica by White-necked Petrels Pterodroma cervicalis on Phillip Island, Norfolk Island Group


1Office of Environment and Heritage, PO Box 1967 Hurstville, NSW 2220, Australia (
2School of Biological Sciences, University of Wollongong, NSW 2522, Australia


O'DWYER, T.W., PORTELLI, D. & CARLILE, N. 2018. Interspecific fostering of a Wedge-tailed Shearwater Ardenna pacifica by White-necked Petrels Pterodroma cervicalis on Phillip Island, Norfolk Island Group. Marine Ornithology 46: 43 - 45

Received 14 November 2017, accepted 24 November 2017

Date Published: 2018/4/15
Date Online: 2018/3/12
Key words: cross-fostering, Norfolk Island, seabird conservation, Wedge-tailed Shearwater, White-necked Petrel


We report the cross-fostering of a Wedge-tailed Shearwater chick by White-necked Petrels during the 2016/17 breeding season in the Norfolk Islands. Our finding highlights the possibility that cross-fostering of procellariids can be used in conservation applications.


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