M. H. C. Lichtenstein, 1823,
Cape of Good Hope, South Africa.
Closely related to and formerly considered conspecific with M. bassanus and M. serrator, differing from former in characters given under that species, and from latter in all-black tail (3), long gular line (2), and all-dark vs markedly paler inner vanes of primaries on both bassanus and serrator (2). Hybridization with M. serrator by wandering individuals recorded in Australasian region#R. Monotypic.
Breeds on coasts of South Africa (Bird I, in Lambert’s Bay; Malgas I, in Saldanha Bay; Bird I, in Algoa Bay) and Namibia (islands of Mercury, Ichaboe and Possession). Outside breeding season adults generally sedentary; young winter along African coasts, on W coast N to Gulf of Guinea (regular Nigeria) and on E coast N to Mozambique, exceptionally to Kenya and Tanzania.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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