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La Trobe has or used to have 23 threatened animals within its boundaries. One of them is me, the White-bellied Storm-Petrel.

We took care to attach appropriate images that are as close to representative of each species as our resources and the availability of images allowed. However, we could not ensure perfect accuracy in every case. Some images show species that share the same genus but not at the species or subspecies level.

Photo of White-bellied Storm-Petrel

White-bellied Storm-Petrel

Fregetta grallaria grallaria

Status: Vulnerable

The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) lists threatened species under six categories:
Extinct, Extinct in the wild, Critically Endangered, Endangered, Vulnerable, Conservation dependent. Read more about these categories

Fregetta grallaria grallaria is found across 53 electorates.

The White-bellied Storm-Petrel is about 20 cm long. It has a wingspan of about 40 to 48 cm and a mass of 45 to 65 g. It is polymorphic. In its most common form, a light morph, it is a blackish-brown colour, with white fringes to the feathers of the shoulders, back, and rump; a pale greyish-brown patch on the shoulder of each wing; a white patch on the upper tail-coverts; a white lower breast, belly and vent; white flanks; a large white panel on the underside of each wing; and some white in the under tail-coverts. In the less common dark morph, it is dark blackish-brown except for some white mottling on the belly and upper tail-coverts, and a patch of dark brown on the shoulder of each wing. Intermediate plumage morphs, displaying a continuous variation in characters between the light and dark morphs, also have been recorded. The plumages of adult males and adult females are alike, and juvenile birds cannot be distinguished from the adults. The White-bellied Storm-Petrel commonly occurs singly or in small groups when at sea. It breeds in loose colonies.¹

Explore more about this species on the Atlas of Living Australia

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Explore more about the threats facing species on our Resources page.

La Trobe has or used to have 14 threatened plants found within its boundaries. Some of these might not be as photogenic as the White-bellied Storm-Petrel but they're just as important.

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