New Zealand Storm-petrel , New Zealand Storm Petrel

New Zealand Storm-petrel , New Zealand Storm Petrel

Dimensions: 8 in. x 8 in.
 
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New Zealand Storm-petrel , New Zealand Storm Petrel by Christopher Walden
Species Info
Status: 
Critically Endangered
Family: 
OCEANITIDAE
Order: 
PROCELLARIIFORMES
Genus: 
Fregetta
Species: 
maoriana
Population trend: 
unknown
Authority: 
(Mathews, 1932)
Synonyms: 
Oceanites maorianus |Pealeornis maoriana
Common names (Spa): 
Pao de Nueva Zelanda
Medium: 
Acrylic/pencil
Artist Statement: 
This bird was relatively difficult to paint as most of my research photos seem to come out as silhouettes against the sheen on the water. They are also hard to distinguish between the other species however the New Zealand storm petrel has a mottled belly,it skips across the water much like a butterfly. When I was a boy while sailing with my family my father used to refer to them as "mother carries chickens"