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Nesting ecology in the Hawaiian population of an endangered seabird, the Band-rumped Storm-Petrel (Oceanodroma castro)
- Antaky, Carmen C., Galase, Nicole K., Price, Melissa R.
- TheWilson journal of ornithology 2019 v.131 no.2 pp. 402-406
- Hydrobates pelagicus, Oceanodroma, endangered species, habitat conservation, mammals, nesting, nesting sites, predators, seabirds
- The first confirmed nesting location of the Hawaiian population of the Band-rumped Storm-Petrel (Oceanodroma castro), an endangered seabird, was recently discovered on Hawai‘i island after decades of searching. Following the discovery, we analyzed nest site preferences of the Band-rumped Storm-Petrel at this site using a paired design. Band-rumped Storm-Petrels preferred deeper crevices compared with those available within 100 m of the nest sites. Physical and environmental characteristics of Hawaiian Bandrumped Storm-Petrel nest sites may aid conservation efforts including on-the-ground searches, removal of invasive mammalian predators, identification of potential translocation sites, and habitat restoration for this endangered species.