French: Damier du Cap German: Kapsturmvogel Spanish: Petrel damero
Other common names: Pintado Petrel
Cape of Good Hope, South Africa.
Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
D. c. capense
(Linnaeus, 1758) – Antarctica and islands of subantarctic from South Georgia E to Heard I.
D. c. australe
Mathews, 1913 – temperate to Antarctic seas between Australasia and Antarctica, breeding on islands of New Zealand area.
38–40 cm; 340–528 g; wingspan 81–91 cm. Upperparts with contrasting and unique pattern among seabirds. Nominate race has sooty-black hood extending to... read more
Characteristic cackling, sharp chattering, or purring notes, e.g. “courrrrr” or “cac-cac-cac-cac”... read more
Marine and pelagic, especially in winter. In places occurs mainly over cold waters beyond... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly krill (Euphausia superba, E. crystallorophias); also fish (Pleuragramma antarcticum), squid, offal,... read more
Starts Nov, with main return to colony starting in Sept or Oct, depending on sea ice conditions, followed by pre-laying exodus of 2–3... read more
Dispersive and perhaps partly migratory; absent from Antarctica Apr–Aug; in subantarctic some... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Overall population trends unknown, but local increases reported in some areas (e.g. 2·3% between 1985 and 1999 in parts of... read more
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