A Snowy Sheathbill preening

A Snowy Sheathbill preening
Species: Snowy Sheathbill   Chionis albus
Author: Bob Humphries and Sally Robinson
Sunday, December 16, 2018
Added to IBC: 7 Feb 2019 - 02:18
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The Snowy Sheathbill (Chionis alba) is the only land bird native to Antarctica.  Although they do not have webbed feet, they are competent swimmers.  They are commonly found at penguin and cormorant rookeries.  Sheathbills are omnivores and scavengers and will eat almost anything including carrion, animal faeces, regurgitated fish and krill from other birds feeding their chicks and their eggs and chicks if the opportunity arises.  This Snowy Sheathbill was standing on thick snow near the Argentine refugio on Danco island preening.


Bob Humphries and Sally Robinson, IBC1560768. Accessible at hbw.com/ibc/1560768.

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Bob Humphries and Sally Robinson, IBC1560768. Video of Snowy Sheathbill Chionis albus at Danco Island, Antarctica. Accessible at hbw.com/ibc/1560768.

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