1178. Oestrelata mollis

1178. Soft-plumaged Petrel.
OESTRELATA MOLLIS.
OEstrelata mollis (Gould), Ann. and Mag. N. H. xiii. p 363 (1844) ; (id.), B. of Austral, vii. pl. 50 : Ridgway, p. 63 ; Dresser, ix. p. 411, pl. 721 ; Salvin, Cat. B. Br. Mus. xxv. p. 406.
Male ad. (Funchal). Upper parts slate-grey, the head lather darker ; feathers on the forehead margined with white ; a blackish grey patch in. front of and below the eye ; wings blackish brown ; tail grey, the lateral feathers freckled with white ; lores, throat, and under parts white, the sides of the breast grey, the flanks freckled with grey ; bill blackish ; tarsus and basal portion of feet yellowish flesh, the rest black ; iris dark brown Culmen 1.3, wing 10.4, middle tail-feathers 4.65, the lateral ones 3.25, tarsus 1.4 inch.
Hab. The Southern Seas, in the Atlantic north to Madeira.
Respecting the habits of this bird I find but little on record. Its flight is described as peculiarly rapid and graceful, and it is generally seen in small companies. It nests in New Caledonia about the summit of Mount Mou in burrows, depositing a single white egg, which measures about 2.1 by 1.6.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 2. 1903.
Title in Book: 
1178. Oestrelata mollis
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
1178
Year: 
1903
Page No: 
855
Common name: 
Soft Plumaged Petrel
M_ID: 
1778
M_CN: 
Soft-plumaged Petrel
M_SN: 
Pterodroma mollis
Volume: 
Vol. 2
Term name: 
id: 
10831

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