Beck’s Petrel



Pseudobulweria becki


  • Nest disturbance by feral cats
  • Predation by wild pigs
  • Source of local food (eggs, chicks, and adult petrels)

Beck’s Petrel is a small bird species of shearwaters that is believed to nest on the mountains of Melanesia. It was first discovered from two specimens back in 1928 and at least 300 individuals have been accounted for within the New Ireland island in Papua New Guinea.

This shearwater bird species is declining in numbers due to predators such as feral cats and wild pigs which either destroy its nesting burrows, eat its eggs and chicks, or even kill adult petrels. Local communities also consider petrels as a regular food source, making population recovery difficult.