Fiji Petrels get an X-ray

News from Nature Fiji – Mareqeti Viti,

Three Fiji Petrel specimens were X-rayed to determine their age.

No nesting burrows of the Fiji Petrel have yet been found despite many thousands of man hours of searching since 1984.

One of the problems is that we still do not know when Fiji Petrels arrive in Gau to breed. If we did then we could focus our search efforts at the time when there is the best chance of success.

Over the past 28 years at least 18 Fiji Petrels have landed in villages on Gau Island, probably disoriented by lights, and three of these injured themselves and were not able to be released.

These have been made into study specimens. Two are dry skins and one is a whole specimen kept in alcohol at the Fiji Museum.

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