Zino's Petrel

Subject: Zino's Petrel
Date: 05 Feb 97 11:18:56 +1100
Yesterday I received some mail from "Birdlife International" looking for  
donations to help save the world's rarest breeding seabird. A bird called 
the Zino's Petrel. It must be very rare I have never heard of it.  Can  
anyone tell me the latin name or any other details? is it one of the  
Soft-plumaged Types? 
The article reads: 
"Zino's Petrel Europe's rarest breeding seabird with only 20-30 pairs  
left in the world. Eggs, Chicks and adults are often killed by rats and 
cats.  In just one year 10 adults were killed - an absolute disaster 
given their low numbers. We must ensure adequate protection of breeding  
ledges if this bird is to have a chance of survival. 
Other depressing news mentioned in this paper includes: 
Lesser White fronted Goose population fallen by 90% since 1940's 
Corncrake population down 50% in 10 years. 
Imperial Eagle declining rapidly. 
Lesser Kestrel, only 5000 remain having declined from a population 
 of 50,000 only 16 years ago 
PS I would have thought Fiji Petrel would have been rarer? 
Tony Palliser  (.....Sydney, Australia)  
Phone.....+61 2 9900 1678 or Home +61 2 9427 7563   
Fax.......+61 2 9900 1669 

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