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Key words: Africa, distribution, Pseudobulweria rostrata, South Africa, Tahiti Petrel
A Tahiti Petrel Pseudobulweria rostrata was observed and photographed 33 km offshore of Durban, South Africa (at 30.040°S, 31.346°E), on 11 November 2018. The only other reports of this species in Africa or the western Indian Ocean are unconfirmed and are from off southern Mozambique, dated November 1987 and December 1990. We believe that the size of the Durban bird distinguishes it from the very similar but smaller Beck's Petrel P. becki.
BIRD, J.P., CARLILE, N. & MILLER, M.G.R. 2014. A review of records and research actions for the Critically Endangered Beck's Petrel Pseudobulweria becki. Bird Conservation International 24: 287-298.
BIRDLIFE INTERNATIONAL 2018a. Species factsheet: Pseudobulweria rostrata. Cambridge, UK: BirdLife International. Available online at http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/tahiti-petrel-pseudobulweria-rostrata, accessed 20 Nov 2018.
BIRDLIFE INTERNATIONAL 2018b Species factsheet: Pseudobulweria becki. Cambridge, UK: BirdLife International. Available online at http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/becks-petrel-pseudobulweria-becki, accessed 20 Nov 2018.
CHITTENDEN, H., DAVIES, G. & WEIERSBYE, I. 2016. Roberts Bird Guide, 2nd Edition. Cape Town, South Africa: The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund.
FLOOD, R.L., WILSON, A.C. & ZUFELT, K. 2017. Observations of five little-known tubenoses from Melanesia in January 2017. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club 137: 226-236.
HOCKEY, P.A.R., DEAN, W.R.J & RYAN, P.G. 2005. Roberts Birds of Southern Africa, 7th Edition. Cape Town, South Africa: The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund.
HOWELL, S.N.G. 2012. Petrels, Albatrosses & Storm-Petrels of North America: A Photographic Guide. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
HOWELL, S.N.G. & ZUFELT, K. in press. Oceanic Birds of the World: A Photo Guide. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
LAMBERT, K. 2004. Does the Tahiti Petrel Pseudobulweria rostrata visit the Western Indian Ocean? Marine Ornithology 32: 183-184.
MENKHORST, P., ROGERS, D., CLARKE, R., DAVIES, J., MARSACK, P. & FRANKLIN, K. 2017. The Australian Bird Guide. Sydney, Australia: Bloomsbury Publishing.
NEWMAN, K. 2010. Newman's Birds of Southern Africa, 10th Edition. Cape Town, South Africa: Struik Nature.
ONLEY, D. & SCOFIELD, P. 2007. Field Guide to the Albatrosses, Petrels and Shearwaters of the World. London, UK: Christopher Helm Publishers, Ltd.
RYAN, P. 2017. Guide to Seabirds of Southern Africa. Cape Town, South Africa: Struik Nature.
SHIRIHAI, H. 2008. Rediscovery of Beck's Petrel Pseudobulweria becki, and other observations of tubenoses from the Bismarck archipelago, Papua New Guinea. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club 128: 3-16.
SHIRIHAI, H., PYM, T., SAN ROMÁN, M. & BRETAGNOLLE, V. 2014. The critically endangered Mascarene Petrel Pseudobulweria aterrima: Identification and behaviour at sea, historical discovery of breeding sites, and breeding ecology on Réunion, Indian Ocean. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club 134: 194-223.
SINCLAIR, I., HOCKEY, P., TARBOTON, W. & RYAN, P. 2011. Sasol Birds of Southern Africa, 4th Edition. Cape Town, South Africa: Struik Nature.