French: Pétrel antarctique German: Antarktiksturmvogel Spanish: Petrel antártico
J. F. Gmelin
within the Antarctic Circle between latitudes 36° S and 61° S
Southern Ocean, breeding in Antarctica and on surrounding islands.
40–46 cm; 510–765 g; wingspan 100–110 cm. Unmistakable pattern on upperparts in flight. Characteristic and contrasting dark and white pattern, both in... read more
Mostly silent at sea. Antagonistic and sexual displays at nest-site are accompanied by a “kook-kook... read more
Marine; prefers open waters in vicinity of pack ice, especially in areas with icebergs; style of... read more
Food and feeding
Mostly krill (Euphausia superba); also fish (Pleuragramma antarcticum), squid (Gonatus antarcticus), crustacea... read more
Starts Nov, following main return to colony in Oct and complete pre-laying exodus from late Oct until third week of Nov; highly... read more
Little known; dispersive within normal extent of floating ice, rarely straying far; could be... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Thirty-five breeding colonies known, of which largest-known colony is that at Svarthamen, Dronning Maud Land, where between 55,000... read more
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