French: Prion bleu German: Blausturmvogel Spanish: Petrel azulado
J. F. Gmelin
“in oceano australi” = Southern Ocean, latitude 58° S
Antarctic and subantarctic seas, breeding from Diego Ramírez Is, Cape Horn and South Georgia E through islands of S Indian Ocean to Macquarie I.
26–32 cm; 152–251 g; wingspan 58–71 cm. Small petrel with contrasting head pattern, grey upperparts with white tail tip and bold blackish pattern on... read more
Probably mainly silent at sea, but very vocal at night when at colonies (except during nights with... read more
Marine and pelagic, occurring in cold waters of subantarctic and Antarctic zones. Breeds on oceanic... read more
Food and feeding
In places takes mostly crustaceans, especially krill (Euphausia) and amphipods; elsewhere fish (Myctophidae, Nototheniidae);... read more
Starts late Aug to Sept on return to colony, with poorly documented pre-laying exodus (from early Oct on Kerguelen Is), followed by egg-... read more
Adults perhaps mainly sedentary, although birds breeding on Kerguelen Is may forage up to 1000 km... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Abundant, with total population of perhaps three million birds; c. 2,000,000 breeding birds at Diego Ramírez Is (Chile), 70,... read more
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