French: Prion de Forster German: Großer Entensturmvogel Spanish: Prión piquiancho
latitude 47° 10’ S
Subantarctic and subtropical seas from SE Atlantic to New Zealand, breeding in S South I (New Zealand) including islets off Stewart I, Snares Is and Chatham Is; Tristan da Cunha and Gough I.
25–30 cm; 137–237 g; wingspan 57–66. Heaviest-billed of prions, with steep forehead and typical appearance of genus: largely white underparts and... read more
Mostly vocalizes from ground, but principal vocalization a “popper-poop-pop” (so-called Harsh Call... read more
Marine and probably pelagic, rarely approaching land except at colonies. Breeds on coastal slopes... read more
Food and feeding
Mostly crustaceans, especially copepods (Calanoides tonsus), squid and some fish; apparently takes more crustaceans in summer and... read more
Starts Jul/Aug with main return to colony (although species does not entirely desert breeding areas in winter on Gough or in Chathams),... read more
Adults thought to remain in waters adjacent to colonies, which they visit intermittently in winter... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Total population until recently speculated to be in order 15,000,000 birds, but probably much lower; especially abundant on formerly... read more
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