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Black-capped Petrel

North America

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Pterodroma hasitata

Endangered

Habitat destruction
Introduction of predators
Hunting and trapping

The Black-Capped Petrel from the Pterodroma genus is a seabird species with a Spanish name Diablotin which means ‘little devil’. The steep mountainsides of the Great Antilles used to be its breeding grounds, burrowing in remote island areas of the Caribbean Sea. Larger than other gadfly petrels, it is a predominantly nocturnal bird to avoid predators during its foraging hours in the Gulf Stream.

Man-made infrastructure and developmental activities are the main reasons why the survival of the Black-Capped Petrel is in danger. There is less and less nesting option, and those available areas are close to wires and towers which increases the risk of collision, electrocution, or instant death. Those that are affected by fires and electric lights tend to become disoriented and unable to regain flight, making them vulnerable to predation or starvation.