Threats to both species include light attraction gered Hawaiian Petrels ('Ua'u[Pterodroma sandwichensis Ridgway]) and threat ened Newell's Shearwaters ('A'o [Puffinus auricularis newelli Henshaw]) on the island of Hawai'i in May-June2001 and 2002. The Hawaiian petrel is an endangered species. By Nathan Eagle / January 23, 2019 Reading time: 3 minutes. We recorded radar targets of either species at 14 of … Description: About 16 inches (head to tail). Akeake, Band-rumped storm-petrel (Hawaii Distinct Population Segment) ... management Start Printed Page 23992 of ecosystem-level threats within specific geographic management units, and species-specific recovery actions such as propagation and reintroduction. Request for Public Comments. Based on their limited known distribution, the marginal status of known breeding populations, and known threats, the Hawaiian petrel or `ua`u was listed as endangered in 1967 and the Newell’s shearwater or `a`o was listed as threatened in 1975. Hawaiian Petrel chick being removed from its burrow and eaten by a feral cat. Image taken on game camera set to monitor chick. Lihu‘e – The killing of an endangered Hawaiian Petrel chick involved in a tracking project highlights the continued threat of feral cats to native wildlife on Kaua῾i. `Ua'u (Hawaiian Petrel) (Pterodroma sandwichensis) Status: Endangered. Head, wings, and tail are black. The critically endangered Newell’s shearwater and Hawaiian petrel were thought to be living almost exclusively on Kauai. The chick had been satellite tagged with two others as part of a research project by the Kaua῾i Endangered Seabird Recovery Project (KESRP) to locate the petrel’s first oceanic wintering grounds. In addition to loss of habitat from development, the greatest threats to the petrel are feral cats, small Asian mongooses, and rats, all of which feed on the helpless chicks when they are inside their burrows. Endemic. The project is part of a larger, island-wide effort to restore populations of the Hawaiian Petrel and another threatened and culturally important species, Newell’s Shearwater (Puffinus newelli), or ʻAʻo. Feet are webbed, black at the toes, and pinkish toward … The Hawaiian petrel is an endangered seabird that resides in the central subtropical Pacific Ocean and is known to breed only within the major Hawaiian Islands. This mysterious, rarely seen petrel is among the ocean's most wide-ranging marine species. Forehead and underparts are white. The species’ limited distribution and decline primarily result from predation by … A historic project more than 30 years in the making took place on Kauaʻi's north shore on Monday when 10 endangered Hawaiian Petrel chicks were flown by … Hawaii’s only 2 endemic seabirds, Newell’s Shearwater (Puffinus auricularis newelli) and Hawaiian Petrel (Pterodroma sandwichensis), are listed under the United States Endangered Species Act. While at one time this petrel’s nesting grounds ranged throughout the Hawaiian Islands, threats to its nesting habitat have restricted it to five high-elevation locations, two of which are in jeopardy. Back is slightly darker.