Texas Pelagics

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Black-capped Petrel

by | Jun 14, 2022

* Black-capped Petrel  Pterodroma hasitata

Texas Offshore Status: Very Rare in the Texas Offshore. Three records for Texas, two from Texas Pelagic Trips out of Port O’Connor: 28 May 1994, 26 July 1997. The most recent record on 5 Nov 2016 is of 2 (possibly more) birds seen on a long range tuna fishing boat (Jon McIntyre)

Gulf of Mexico Status: Rare in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico off Florida. 

Range: Caribbean Sea, dispersing north to eastern USA and south towards Brazil; may move east towards center of Atlantic. Breeds Nov—May highlands of Hispaniola. Fairly common to common in North Carolina offshore waters of the Gulf Stream.


* Texas Review Species, requiring written or photographic documentation to TBRC.
(1) TOS Handbook of Texas Birds; by Mark W. Lockwood and Brush Freeman (2005)

Seasonal Occurrence Graph

In addition to TBRC records the graph includes data from 2 research programs in the northern Gulf of Mexico from which black-capped petrels Pterodroma hasitata were observed. (A) Surveys conducted in 2010 and 2011 were a component of the post-spill Deepwater Horizon Natural Resources Damage Assessment; (B) surveys conducted in 2017−2019 were a component of the Gulf of Mexico Marine Assessment Program for Protected Species. 

(5) Jodice, Patrick G.R. (et al), Revising the marine range of the endangered black-capped petrel Pterodroma hasitata: occurrence in the northern Gulf of Mexico and exposure to conservation threats, Sept 23, 2021

Texas Pelagics Sightings Distribution

This map shows the geographic distribution of Black-capped Petrel found in Offshore Texas (and Gulf of Mexico)
Click on the box in the upper left of the map to view the map legend.
Click on each sighting symbol and the data label will appear showing the time, date and the number of birds seen.
Click on the symbol on the top right of the map to view a larger map.

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